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I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. When I turn the key to start it, nothing happens. The dash lights come on and radio will come on when I start to turn the key, but when I go to turn the key the whole way to start it, nothing happens. I can hear a click coming from below the truck, but it's not turning over or anything. When I turn it all the way all of the lights and everything go off until I stop turning, then everything turns back to normal with the dash lights and radio. It did this a couple of times, but after I continued to try turning the key it would just start up like nothing was wrong. The first time it happened, it just took a couple of times turning the key and it started up. The second time it did it I was almost certain it wasn't going to start, but I tried one more time and it fired up just like normal. The next time I got in, it didn't matter how many times I turned it the truck never did start. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Charger Mar 28, 2011

    What is the likelihood that it is a faulty starter and that's what needs replaced? Better just to take it to a garage and have them deal with it?

  • Charger Mar 28, 2011

    Very beneficial.

  • Charger Mar 28, 2011

    How hard is it to replace the starter?

  • Charger Mar 28, 2011

    thank you very much for the help. i'll buy the rebuilt starter. so you think an average joe can replace the starter? will i need more than just a basic set of tools?

  • Charger Mar 28, 2011

    Thanks for the help. I'll give it a shot this weekend.

  • Charger Apr 03, 2011

    Ended up working out like you said. It doesn't start on the first turn for some reason, but starts everytime on the second turn of the key. Much better than not starting at all. Thanks for the help!

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Hello
The problem you are describing is common in the type of starter design this truck uses (and all GM cars and trucks), the starter solenoid has heavy copper contacts inside it that energize the starter when the plunger in the starter solenoid is pulled back by the magnetic field, that is the clicking or clunking you hear. To repair this you can either pull the starter out and replace the copper contact feet inside the solenoid on the starter or you can just install a rebuilt starter, which I suggest on cars and trucks with over 75,000 miles on the ticker. The starter is located at the bottom rear of the engine at the transmission bell housing, it is held in by two bolts to the engine block, disconnect the battery before starting any work and mark the wires remove from the starter solenoid, not marking them is the single biggest error you can make, there are only 3 or 4 wires but you can still get them mixed up. Rebuilt starter are very reasonably priced for most V8 engine used in the HD, the one exception is the Diesel. If you have time to wait for a part you can save about 40% over local parts stores by ordering from an Internet parts supplier called www.rockauto.com You can also buy a rebuilt kit here fo rthe solenoid. http://www.nationsautoelectric.com/Nippondenso.html

Below is a picture of the contacts that burn. There of course are two contacts.




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    Marvin Mar 28, 2011

    I have repaired dozens of cars for this exact same click you hear, it is the starter solenoid and it is a fairly easy job to repair it. I just did my Chevy Corvette for same noise. You can also buy rebuilt starters on eBay very cheap, have had good luck so far.

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    Marvin Mar 28, 2011

    As long as you have a complete set of hand tools with deep and wobble sockets in all the common sizes.

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    Marvin Apr 03, 2011

    If all the connections are tight on the starter and it is rebuilt then I can only assume it is defective. The solenoid must be sticking. Was this GM/Delco rebuilt or some cheap Kragen or Autozone (or other "discount" parts store) starter, they are a very high defective rate, my brother got 4 before he got one that worked right from Kragen.

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I had the exact same thin happen on my 2004 Chevy 2500hd with the 6.0 gas. I'd turn the key and everything would light up and turn on but when i turned the key..nothing. it's click once then nothing.I'd wait try again and may be a few more times then i's start right up Happened multiple times. I realized that my positive terminal was a little loose on my battery. Just a little bit. I cleaned it off and tightened the ever living crud outta it. Never had a problem after that.

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This problem can be related to few things. 1) First check the battery voltage.It should be 12 volt.If the battery voltage is less then 12 volt, then recharge the battery and then check. 2)Other possibility is short in ignition switch circuit.The ignition switch wiring harness receives power from battery, if this connection is getting short in between or getting loose, then ignition switch will not function properly.-------- 3) The connection of battery to alternator and connection of battery to starter.Check both. 4) Get all the 3 things battery, alternator and starter checked.If there is no or low voltage, then that is the cause of problem. 5) Re check the starter, if the starter solenoid is getting jammed . In most of such cases, its ignition switch getting short starter solenoid getting jammed.If its starter solenoid problem or starter motor problem.The starter needs to be replaced. 6) If all checked ok, then check the fuel pump relay.The relay located in the engine compartment fuse box, under hood.If this relay is shorted, then it will not let the fuel o reach engine, and due to lack of fuel or no fuel the engine will have power, but it will not start.Also get fuel pressure tested at local car garage.If fuel pressure tested low, then its faulty fuel pump and clogged fuel filter.It has to be replace.----------------- This troubleshooting will help you to locate the problem.As per that, you can get the faulty part replaced.This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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  • raj somaiya Mar 28, 2011

    No you can replace starter easily.Its fitted by three bolts, to the starter housing assembly.Just have to remove those bolts.With a basic set of tools you can replace the starter.Thanks.Helpmech.

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