Question about Bulldog Security Bulldog Remote Starter & T-Harness Kit for 95-03 Chevy Blazer/Chevy S-10 Pi
This morning when I tried to start my '95 Chevy Cheyenne 5.7L V8 pickup, it wouldn't start. I assumed I had a dead battery but the dash, interior dome and headlights all worked when I turned them on.
I used jumper cables to try and start the truck but all I got was a "clicking" sound from the engine compartment. The motor won't even crank. I'm assuming the starter/starter solenoid is shot.
If it is the starter, is this a repair I can do myself?
Using lights to check battery condition isn't a good test; you might get a 20 amp drain from those versus 100-150 amps the starter draws.
Without checking a few things, you may be buying a starter for no reason. Jumping your battery won't help if the battery clamps to which you connected or the terminal lug on the starter is corroded. One half of an Ohm on any terminal will drop 75 volts at 150 amps the starter wants to draw and you have only 12 volts available so you can see how critical clean connections are to the starting process.
You can probably verify a crappy connection by turning on lights and then attempting to start; if the connection failure is at the battery, the lights will dim or go out completely. If the connection is bad at the + starter terminal, the lights won't change appreciably in brightness. The same however, applies to a failed starter or solenoid.
I recommend to everyone that they buy a cheap digital multimeter for use around the home and cars. They can be had for <$20 US at auto parts stores or, in the US, at Radio Shack. If you have a Harbor Freight tool store in your area, you can buy one for under $10 and I have bought three for $3 each. They come with Chinglish instructions that will suffice for most users and one need not be a expert to use one of these.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
Yes there's lots of soom under a pickup to work. It can be done with common hand tools. 2-3 bolts hold the starter in place, and unplug a wire harness. Thats it.
Before replacing, try tapping on the solenoid with a hammer, it may be a little corroded or stuck, it may loosen up and get you a few more days/weeks of service.
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
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