Question about 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup
The problem is definitely is the selenoid on the starter. The seleniod is responsible for converting the low amperage 12 volts signal to engage the high amperage switch between the thick wire between the starter and the battery. The selenoid is also responsible for engaging thin pinion gear with the flywheel. As your starter is winding but not engaging the selonoid is stuck not allowing the pinion gear to engage the ring gear on the flywheel.
You can bang on the starter with a hammer while someone else tries to turn it over for you. This will in most cases free up the selenoid, though that will only temperarily fix the problem. I recommend you go purchase a remanufactured starter from a store like napa or pepboys. A remanufactured starter is just as good as a new one at half the price and you even get money back when you turn in the old core stater.
I have had this happen to me personally at least ten times in my life so I am quite sure this is your best action at this time.
If you really want to save money you could also buy one at a salvage yard, but then you would be installing a starter that may also be reaching the end of it's useful life cycle. I always go with the remanufactured starters myself as they are a guaranteed fix.
I hope you find this information useful, good luck.
Posted on Jul 18, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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