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Old 05-15-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Slow start now no start .

Started Friday fine . Saturday turn key and was slow crank yet started up . I thought was battery going weak . Later that day same thing . Sat night it acted like was gonna start yet didn't then acted like dead battery , turn key and click .
Already had wife pick up new battery so I waited for her to bring it up me .
Whild waiting a buddy saw me and said he would jump my batt . We tried right away and just click . Waited 30 min while we ate , then same thing .
Wife was still hour away so we push my jump to start it .then I drove it home . Alt is charging fine .
Got home tried to start and just click . Put new battery in and same thing .
So this morning I pull the starter and use jumper cable to check it . All seems good , yet took it to Advace auto then Oriely and they both agree it's good .
I cleaned cables ( they all new anyways 6 month old ) put starter back in and same thing .
What's the thing on the firewall ? Relay ? How to I test that ? And how much they run ? Any upgrade for it. Incase that's it ?


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Old 05-15-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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Starter relays do have moving contact points inside that can wear out. I would start there with a new one. You can't really test them effectively. Also, if you have a test light hook it up to the wire going to the starter solenoid and have a buddy turn the key to the crank position. Since we already know the starter is good. We need to start from the solenoid and work backwards.

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Ok Ty . It'll be Friday when I get back home I'll pick up new one and do that then.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:57 PM   #4
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I'm having battery problems too, but I haven't had anything tested ... sucks being stuck on a Sunday night, nothing's open ... commenting to follow the post. Good luck Voodoo
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i had pretty much the same thing on thursday night trying to get home from college, jump start did not work, ended up being my starter solenoid. you could try hitting the starter with something heavy. test the starter relay by placing one of the other ones that is the same in its place and see if it starts. I picked up a refurbished starter from kragen 70 bucks easy install and fixed everything. Hope it works out for ya!
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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Thnx guys . It's not the starter I tested it as good , and so did 2 parts stores . Not battery , so Friday night I'll figure the wires out and just put in a new relay .35$ for peace of mind works for me .
I've already did new ignition switch ( and diff steering column ) .
Worse case I'll do a push button
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Ok Ty . It'll be Friday when I get back home I'll pick up new one and do that then.
If it sounds like a low battery but the battery isn't low (since it has been replaced) then the voltage reaching the starter solenoid coil (mounted right on the starter) isn't enough to pull the solenoid in. Since you described clicking noises, I suspect low voltage to the solenoid coil. Measure on the small terminal to ground while someone attempts to start it. It should measure near 12 volts. If it doesn't, then the first suspect is the starter relay circuit mainly the contacts on the starter relay. If you are not able to locate the starter relay, perhaps a typical mechanics book will zero you in on where it is located but it typically is on the fire wall. This is an inexpensive device to replace if you just want to shotgun it to test if it is the problem.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:12 PM   #8
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Ty .

Ya I found the relay Sunday . I just didn't know it was called starter relay .
I just cleaned all the wires I could find in between starter/battery . They was all new just covered in oil ;$) . Relay looked old so I'm hoping that's it . I don't wanna pull the ignition switch again .
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Well changed relay , tested all wires , still nothing . Went got new starter anyways . And all is fine . Took old starter to a buddy , because I tested it fine along with 2 parts stores .
He tested and said wad bad . It wasn't turning strong enough . Go figure .

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