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1998 Buick Century Starter Problems

I have a 1998 Buick Century Custom with a 3.1 litre engine. I turned the car off when I got home from an errand and went to start the engine again because I forgot something and all I got were clicks out of the starter. I bought a good used starter from a reputable used parts dealer and I can't even get a click out of this new starter. I've triple checked all the wires and they are all OK. I just can't figure out why it is having this problem. I have all the dash and head lights, but can't get anything out of the starter now at all. I put a battery charger on it and it's pulling 4 volts. I can't get the electric windows to work but the radio and cassette and headlights work fine. What could be causing this problem?

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  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    I have the same problem, but on my 97 buick century. I thought I had a bad battery because i just needed a jump. when it didnt work, and just got clicks, i was told i need a new starter solenoid. in the process of waiting to get a diagnostic test done to see what's going on. anyone know the cost of the part(s) and labor?

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009

    I had the same problem with my starter. In total I think it costed me about $400 in parts and labor. 

  • bigbad239 Apr 20, 2009

    new battery,starter pass test,all fuses and relays check good,car would not start,no clicks.windows,lights,fuel pump has power also tried spare the keys

  • Jeffery Robinson May 06, 2013

    I have same problem on a 1998 Buick Century Custom 3.1 liter .All I get are clicks

  • trevor guenter
    trevor guenter Mar 05, 2014

    i got the same 98 buick and i bought a new battery and the starter just clickes it wont turn over to get my car running its been sitting in the drive way the past year

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Do you have 12volts to the small wire on the starter while you are trying to crank or in the start position? and is there a constant 12 volts to the big red wire on the starter? you may have a bad ignition switch or starter relay first answer the above questions and i will help you further -jeff

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