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1997 Saturn SW2 won't start

When I turn the key all I get is a clicking sound. I think it is the selenoid engaging the starter but it doesn't want to engage. I had the starter checked out at a local electrical automotive shop and they say its ok. we've checked out all of the relays. and even connected the starter directly up to the battery. Still no go. Is there anything that could be keeping it from starting. I hate to replace the starter if I don't have to. The battery is good and strong

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  • jme5701 Jul 02, 2008

    I got an e-mail that said they have found one solution. but I went to the links in the email I couldn't find it

  • jme5701 Jul 02, 2008

    not very helpfull. Starter is not engaging. can start it by pushing it a short distance. Decided to go to live chat. Waiting to try some things that they suggested.
    thank you for your help
    John Ellis
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Hi,

If the starter checks out OK when tested with no load (not driving the ring gear) and will spin but will not when installed, try checking:
1. the hearing/bushing at the ends of the armature;
2. carbon brushes;
3. commutator segments (the multiple small copper plates that the brush contacts with).

Of course, the above suggestions are based that the rest have checked out and the problem is limited to the starter itself. Initially, the solenoid would be the suspect but as you have posted this was tested good.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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I would suggest you to check the fuel pump fuse in the fuse panel under the hood and the ECM fuse on the passenger side of the center console. If they are both ok, I would take it to a repair shop to see if it is getting a signal from the crankshaft position sensor and if the fuel pump is getting the correct command.

Usually an intermittant no start is caused by a fualty Crankshaft Position Sensor. Best way to verify this is to check for spark during a no start situation. If you have no spark at the coil towers then your CPS is bad and needs to be replaced
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