The lights on the dash will go on but it wont start no click from starter i have changed the ignition switch and got a new chipped key and still will not turn over i know it has to be an electrical...
I would start with testing your starter a bit more thoroughly. A starter does not always "click" when it goes bad. Often it does nothing at all.
Use regular jumper cable to do this test or a "jumper box." Hook the red to positive and black to negative on the battery when you are ready to do the bench test. Remove the starter and put it into a vice. The "big terminal" on the starter solenoid is where the positive battery cable goes. There are one or two smaller terminals on the solenoid, one going to the "start" position on the ign switch.
On a bench test, the negative battery jumper cable goes to the vice that is holding the starter by the frame. The Positive goes to the "big terminal" on the solenoid. Jump from the big terminal to one of the smaller ones with a jumper wire or a screwdriver blade to actuate the solenoid. It should click and the starter should whirrrrr. If it does, don't get carried away and let it spin freely for a long time - it's not good to run a starter with no load for extended periods of time, especially an old and tired one.
If it doesn't spin, look for another "big" wire going into the starter. On GMs you can usually see it at the other end of the solenoid - it goes into the body of the starter. Carefully touch the positive jumper cable to it and the starter should immediately whirrrr and you should get a good sized spark - that is normal - the starter is a heavy current eater.
If you get no whir from that test then the starter motor is fried inside. You can take it apart and see if it is fixable (new brushes, a clean-up of the commutator and possibly new windings, but at that point I would suggest a rebuilt starter/solenoid assembly.
If the starter did whir on the last test then you can remove the solenoid and either rebuild it or replace it, the later being a good idea. The new starter will come with a new or rebuilt Bendix drive which is probably next in line for failure.
Mar 09, 2011 |
1998 Cadillac DeVille