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When you turn the ignition the car does not turn over but all gages and lights come on. happens in extreme temperature hot and cold.

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  • jimmyhill252 Aug 17, 2008

    Car was flooded about a month ago. I replaced the starter, and it still will not turn over. Had the battery tested and it too is fine. Is there some sort of relay or fuse somewhere?

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case May 11, 2010

    A couple of questions to narrow the problem down:

    • Is the battery fully charged? I'm guessing it is

    • Does the starter click or do nothing?

    • Does it not happen in moderate temperatures?

    • Your extreme temp comment indicates this has been going on for a while. Has it happened more often recently?

    • Is it at a point where you can't get it to crank at all?
    To fix your problem, you will need to perform a few tests.

    • Have you worked on vehicles before?

    • You should be able to locate the starter and if necessary, remove it.

    • You should be able to use a multimeter and test light to check 12VDC lines
    If I lay out the procedures step by step, would you be comfortable doing this?

    Get back with me, we'll get it fixed.



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I have had the same problem with mine in the past. I talked to many people about this problem and it seems to be that where the starter is located it just gets the solenoid too hot especially on hot days to where it expands too much to want to engage. I ended up putting a makeshift heat shield over my solenoid and haven't had a problem since. One thing to remember is too insulate the starter side so it doesn't cause a short should it come into contact with the terminals. I made mine from a piece of flashing material and an old innertube.

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