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95 pontiac transport.. Wouldnt start.. got a jump and it started. Bought a new battery but it did it again. just a click when I turn the key. a single click like a dead battery. then I turned it of called for a ride. tried to start and it fired right up. Could not get it to do it again. Only in real inconvenient places and times. Please help

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  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    The battery tested good and the wires were fine. I replaced the battery as a precaution. Cleaned and put electrode grease on the new battery and terminals. The solenoid sounds like a plausible solution. Is there a way to jump it if it happens again or test that to rule it out? Also would that explain why it started when I got the jump start? because of the surge in power possibly?

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    The battery tested good and the wires were
    fine. I replaced the battery as a precaution. Cleaned and put electrode
    grease on the new battery and terminals. The solenoid sounds like a
    plausible solution. Is there a way to jump it if it happens again or
    test that to rule it out? Also would that explain why it started when I
    got the jump start? because of the surge in power possibly?

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    I will try that first. That sounds too easy. The alternator seems like it is fluctuating between 13 and 11 but that didn't seem like the cause because it always started after.. Thanks I will let you know in the morning..

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    The vehicle has only failed to start twice. I can not get it to duplicate the problem on demand. I replaced the battery. The only sound I hear besides the internal dinging and and normal start up is a single click. I like the idea of the solenoid going out. Any possibility of being a bigger problem is my only worry. I plan to replace the starter and solenoid tomorrow.

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    I just bought the new solenoid. It is late so I looked at it witha flashlight. there is a good deal of rust on the solenoid.and the bolt seems loose. Iwill try this.. thatnk you

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    I think this will resolve my issue

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    Bolt is rusted and appears loose. It is in the front of the engine and I beat this area up in the woods so far this year. Seems to make sense. It is late but the part store was still open and I have the Solenoid. Thanks for the help.

  • d_h_painting Nov 08, 2010

    I asked for a second opinion. I accept what you said.. Sorry I am not used to this site.. My apologies.. I am certain this will be the solution.. Thank you

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This problem you have is caused by a defective starter solenoid, the heavy electrical contacts that provide the current to the starter motor are burned away, a common problem with this type of starter (the starter is a Denso design gear reduction), the solenoid is attached to the starter and comes with a rebuilt starter, to replace the starter disconnect the negative battery cable, raise the car and support with jack stands, the starter is located at the back of the engine and will have several wires going to it, make a note of where each color wire goes and disconnect them, once the wiring is disconnected the starter is held in by 2 9/16" bolts, remove them and drop the starter down, reverse to install new/rebuilt starter motor

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    yadayada Nov 08, 2010

    This problem with the byurnt contacts in the solenoid will be intermittant by nature, sometimes the contacts will make and sometimes they won't, below is a piture of the contact inside the solenoid, this is a VERY COMMON PROBLEM

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    yadayada Nov 08, 2010

    Here is a typical set of starter solenoid contacts uses in the Denso designed starter of your van.

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I would check the battery cables at the battery terminals and where they connect to for corrosion or looseness. Or the solenoid on the starter is going bad.

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    James Milzheimer Nov 08, 2010

    On the solenoid, you'll find a large terminal with the positive battery cable connects to, then there is a smaller terminal with a wire running to it coming from the ignition switch. With the key on, you can jump those terminals together and that should energize the starter. I've taken a part bad solenoids in the past and usually it's the high power contacts in the solenoid that either wear out or the contacts get dirty.

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    James Milzheimer Nov 08, 2010

    I don't think it would be any more difficult than the starter solenoid. I'm not sure if there is a starter relay that could be clicking, usually if you can hear it, it's the starter solenoid.

  • James Milzheimer
    James Milzheimer Nov 08, 2010

    I hope that fixes your problem. I don't understand why you rejected my solution, when it seems from what you post that that was your problems? Let me know what you find out.
    Thanks,

  • James Milzheimer
    James Milzheimer Nov 08, 2010

    No problem, I completely understand, the site can be a bit confusing, I was just a bit confused myself, I do my best to only try to answer questions that I have a good knowledge of. I hope that you will use Fix-Ya again, there are alot of great experts here. Again, please let me know what you find.

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