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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-25-2003, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need electrical help quick

Well, after school I hop in my car and the truck wont start. It's not the battery bc the windows roll down and the radio comes on. But there is no sound like it is trying to turn over. I heard a faint click the first time, but that was it. I think its the starter, but I didnt have time for a real good look over, I had stuff to do...any ideas as to what the major malfunction is????? [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Need electrical help quick

Mine did the same thing a year ago and it was the starter. I was able to tap the starter with my tow hitch and the truck turned over but the starter needs to be replaced ASAP. I did the tap thing for 2 months and the starter finally died on me.
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So let me double check before going back up there, the starter is on the passenger side underneath the engine, kinda by the bellhousing? And just give it a good tap then hop and try to start it again? Thanks
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Yeah that was it in a nut shell. I just gave it some firms taps asn she fired up. After you get it started make sure to get it replaced ASAP though.


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Re: Need electrical help quick

It's usually the starter solenoid that needs to be tapped and not the motor.

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It takes alot more current to start an engine than it does to run a radio or windows... Your batter could be dead and still run your windows and radio. Watch your voltage gauge when you hit the switch, if it drops to nothing when you hit start then it's your battery or a bad connection at the battery...

GM trucks are notorious for the side posts corroding inside and making the truck die or not start. I have to take mine apart and clean them about once every 2 months.

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Re: Need electrical help quick

well I went back up there and tapped it a good couple times and hop in...nothing. So I get back under there and give it some more taps everywhere on the starter, which part is the solenoid? So how hard is it to change out a starter in the middle of a parking lot?
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well I went back up there and tapped it a good couple times and hop in...nothing. So I get back under there and give it some more taps everywhere on the starter, which part is the solenoid? So how hard is it to change out a starter in the middle of a parking lot? I also checked all of the battery cables and they areloose or corroded
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Did you undo the battery cables? The corrosion happens inside of them where you can't see it, thats what sucks about the side posts. If you take them loose you can pop the metal parts out of the rubber casing and inside they are usually all corroded.

The solenoid is the smaller cylinder on top of the starter motor.

Starter is cake to change, 2 bolts and 2 wires and your done. Just disconnect the negaive battery cable before you do it...

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Re: Need electrical help quick

I don't think changing a starter is that easy. Sure there are only 2 bolts and a couple wires, but getting that thing lined up right is difficult because those starters are heavy, and you're holding it up with one hand. I changed 2 starters on my old truck and 1 on this one, and I hope I don't have to again! [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Hmm, maybe my truck just has more room or something... It takes me like 5-10 minutes tops to do it...

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