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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 20 Jun 2009 23:56 #1

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Replaced the battery last week and had a new starter installed three days ago. Turned the key this afternoon and it only "clicked" at the starter. :hammer

What gives?

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 21 Jun 2009 00:13 #2

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Sounds like you have a GM engine (just guessing).

they are well known for the primary solenoid failing and causing little or no voltage to the starter (not the starter solenoid) and thus your solenoid just clicks as it closes but no voltage goes to the starter motor.

The same symtoms can be caused by high resistance caused by corrosion on connectors at the solenoids or battery.

Check for voltage at the big wire where it connects to the large terminal on your starter while attempting to start. If it drops to very low (below 11.5) or is non existant then you need to work back up stream to find the main solenoid.

The main solenoid is the one that should close when you turn you key to on and then the starter solenoid engages when you turn you key to start.

Good luck.

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 13:13 #3

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Thanks - I'll check it out. Of the ten times I turned the key yesterday, it started on 5. Better than zero, but not the percentage I'm looking for!

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 14:42 #4

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Certainly sounds like the solenoid. The only other option is the engine is locked up, which if it started 5 out of 10 times, rules that out.

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 17:40 #5

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Problem solved: loose battery cables. Starts just fine now, but I'm wondering why - if the cables were loose - my accessories worked fine. Sigh...

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 18:00 #6

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Zebra Muscle;313283 wrote: Problem solved: loose battery cables. Starts just fine now, but I'm wondering why - if the cables were loose - my accessories worked fine. Sigh...


Less power draw for accessories. More power to starter etc..

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 18:12 #7

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Yeah. The accessories are maybe 10-20 amps. The starter can spike to 300 to 700+ amps for the short period of time it runs, and as with any motor the most energy required is to get the motor spinning in the first place. The reduced voltage and lack of current carrying capability means the starter can't even begin to turn.

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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 18:54 #8

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What kind of 'noid did you get?


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New battery, new starter, new 'noid - why won't it start? 22 Jun 2009 20:03 #9

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cbrenthus;313317 wrote: What kind of 'noid did you get?


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That's a purty picture! :) Didn't get a master solenoid - although, that might be next on the list. Just the new starter/solenoid.

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