Question about 1995-1997 Chevy 1500 Truck Ignition Starter Alarm Switch

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No power to the starter solenoid

I dont think I am getting power to my starter solenoid. Besides the starter relay, what else is involved with getting power to the solenoid?

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Well first you have the ignition switch. I would look under dash and follow the steering column wire harness for a starter kill (it would be tapped into the harness and should be easy to see.) if that is all good then you have a neutral safety switch. if you test for power at the yellow wire during crank, if good, then check purple for power during crank, if yellow has power and purple doesn't change neutral safety switch, if yellow doesn't have power then check to see if bothe red wires at switch have power all the time. if they do then change the switch.

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You put the positive battery cable on the starter? I don't know how you could get that wrong, so the battery is hot at the starter there, and as soon as the small wire on the starter solenoid activates the solenoid (it should with the key in start, the only time that small wire has power on it) then the battery is connected directly to the starter motor and the engine should crank.

Find a wiring diagram of the start circuit for your vehicle, and trace the circuit from the start position of the ignition switch to the starter solenoid. There may be a starter relay involved, there surely will be a park/neutral safety switch or a manual clutch switch depending on the transmission you have, and there may be a theft deterrent module that is involved or maybe not. You will need a wiring diagram to diagnose it and a voltmeter would be very helpful. Post back with year, make, model, and engine size- I might be able to look at a wiring diagram, or send you a link.

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2002 hyundai Santa fe will not start. I turn key and starter turned for 3 seconds then stopped and now when i turn key NOTHING. I hear a circuit sound in back of car when i turn key but no other sound. ...

Definitely a starting system problem. That sound you hear in the back is the fuel pump.

Starting system circuit components (besides wiring harness)
1. Ignition Key Switch - closes the starter relay control circuit to energize the relay and close the contacts inside the relay (you can check this by locating the relay in the underhood fuse/relay box and have a friend turn the key while you listen/feel if the relay 'clicks'
2. Starter Relay or its Contacts
3. Starter Solenoid - pushes/pulls the starter gear into the engine's flywheel ring-gear and its contacts close to provide battery power to the starter itself.
4. Starter itself - poor brush contact with the armature's commutator will prevent the starter to spin/turn

If you are 'Electrically' talented, you can check to see if you're getting battery power to the starter solenoid by using a simple 12 volt test light/bulb. Connect one lead to the starter solenoid terminal and the other to chassis/engine ground and have a buddy turn the ignition key - if the light turns 'ON', then you know that particular circuit is OK but the starter solenoid is not energizing to push the starter gear into the flywheel ring-gear to turn the engine over. If it doesn't, the problem is elsewhere (wiring, starter relay, starter relay control circuit, etc).

You can have a qualified Hyundai Service Technician properly diagnose your vehicle. OR, you can Go to and register your vehicle by VIN #.. you'll then have access to wiring diagrams, shop manuals, service bulletins, illustrations, etc.

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Won't start.

That's possible, but if you have power at the starter solenoid to close the contacts then check to see if the 12 volts are going through it(probe the large wire on both sides of the solenoid for 12 volts) and on to the starter, if this is the case, check for 12 volts at the starter lug where the large power wire hooks to the starter, if you are getting at least 12 volts at the starter lug, I would say you have a failed starter motor. Good luck !

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I have a white lawn tractor and i just change the battery and the spark plug and it wont start . I also have current to my switch to start but no current to the starter . Could you solve this.

do you have power from the switch to the starter solenoid ? What you should have is a battery lead going to the starter relay / solenoid. a battery lead coming from the relay / solenoid to the starter and a 12 or 14 gauge wire coming from the switch to the relay solenoid. Depending on the age of the machine this wire may actually go direct to the solenoid or it may have to go through a couple of safety switches. the first thing I would check is make sure you have power coming out of the starter switch to the start circuit. The terminal on the switch is usually marked with an s for starter / solenoid. If you have power coming out from here then trace this wire to either a safety switch or relay solenoid, keep checking for 12 vdc until you dont have power and you will either find the problem or the bad part... hope this helps you

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There are two ways to hook up an immobilizer on a car. One is to break the continuity of the ignition system power suplly. This would result in an engine that cranks but wont start. Another way is to break the continuity of the starting relay. If an installer knows what he is doing he would wire it so that the relay wont get power to the coil. This would result in a car that don't even click when you turn the key so I doubt it is the immobilizer. If the starting relay clicks, the contacts on the relay might be worn out, and not getting enough current to drive the solenoid. One way to check this is by using a volt meter. And check to see if there are voltages going to the starter solenoid, when the key is turned. It should be almost the same as battery voltage. If the voltage going there are no voltage going to the solenoid, or the voltage going there is low, for exmple 8 volts then the contact on the relay is bad. Remember this is if the relay clicks. If the click is loud, and coming from the starter itself but it wont turn, replace the starter, that means the starter solenoid is bad, or if you can buy just the solenoid it maybe cheaper, but you have to know how to take a starter apart, I dont recommend that tho. Good luck these should solve the problem.

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