Originally Posted by cwarren150
I checked the voltage at the starter/solenoid (together for and 88') it looked good when off but it actually went negative when tried to start. Is this normal? I am going to get new terminal clamps today and do a many have suggested and strip some clean wire for the connection.
Thanks guys if you think of anything else let me know I will tell ya'll how the change goes.
sounds like the battery is dead... start with fully charging the battery, and while its charging clean all the contacts on the battery and down to the starter. Verify there is no corrosion on any of the contacts on the solenoid and make sure to clean those contacts too.
You could have a bad alternator and the battery is not charging, or the contacts on the battery are bad enough to not allow the battery to charge properly; or even a bad battery.
You may not need new connectors, just make sure there is no major corrosion or broken wires on the connector. Use water to soften all the corrosion, it is cheap and easy, and try not to scrape the terminals with a knife or some object like that. Even soak the connector all the way up into the cable too, for a while, it will help clear the contacts since the corrosion also climbs up into the cable too.