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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-15-2002, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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We just got done with replacing the waterpump, crank and waterpump pulleys and the radiator but now the car won't start? The solenoid just clicks really loud and fast but the car won't turn over. We put another battery in and still the same thing. Also, we put a battery charger on the "start" setting and still nothing??

The battery terminals and posts are clean, the ground cable is bolted to the cylinder head (clean connection), the solenoid is new and no corrosion on any of the posts.....

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Could be a bad selonoid. I've bought more than 1 selonoid from Kragen's that didn't work.

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It could be a bad ground connection at the block. Since you have just replaced the water pump, you might check the ground at the block. Does the wire going down to the starter get hot or seem to jump around when you are trying to start it? If so, the starter could be shorted. With the car in park and the e-brake on, you can jump across the solenoid to start if the solenoid is bad.

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Sorry ,I missed the thing about the good clean connection at the head. You might check the ground from the back of the engine to the firewall.

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My last correct reproduction soleniod lasted all of 2 hours. Then, when it failed, rather than not starting the car, it failed to disengage the starter and just kept crankin and crankin until I unbolted the battery cable.

What happens when you jump from the ignition post on the solenoid to the positive cable side?


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As johnk asked, are you able to jump from the battery cable to the starter solenoid? I had the same problem as you are having and it ended up being the neutral safety switch.

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I tried the trick with using a screwdriver to touch the battery side of the solenoid to the first "plug" of the solenoid and it does the same thing. Should I use two screwdrivers to make both of the battery and the starter posts of the solenoid connect

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check your cable from the solenoid to the starter. Do you have headers? Maybe it got burned and is grounding out against the headers. Also check your starter. My car did the same thing last week and it was the starter
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I know it sounds weird but its worth a shot, have someone turn the key while you hit the starter with a hammer.

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I thought about the neutral safety switch being the problem so I already tried it and still no luck. I spliced the wires together just to make sure and it is still doing the same thing I am going to try and jump the starter directly from the battery and see if that does the trick.

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