No-start, suspecting starter solenoid or ign. switch
This is on my newly aquired '88 LeSabre T Type. Vin C, 164k miles.
Recent work: Delco II coils/ICM, new plugs (AC rapidfires I had laying around), new air filter, O2 sensor, basic maintenance and cleaning
This no-start issue has happened in the past to the previous owner, but it started up just fine the next day. This the is the first time its happened to me, but in the past 3 or 4 days that I've tried to restart it once in a while it just will not.
Also, I've had to hold the key in the "start" position for a couple seconds before or very hard before I would hear the motor start to crank over.
I can jump in the car, put in the key, turn the key to "on", hear the fuel pump prime, and then turn the key to "start" but absolutely nothing happens--no crank, no clicking of the starter, no buzzing, dinging, or anything. The only thing that does happen is the SES light on the dash comes on and the radio display goes off.
Same symptoms for when I had jumpercables and my running T connected to it.
Volt gauge is showing around 9 (past the red) when I turn the key to "on".
So far, I have checked the following:
-corrosion on battery cables: None. Clean as a whistle.
-Tried jump-starting, no dice.
-ICM/Coils are good.
-Tried jiggling the column when turning to key to "start"
So.... what I'm thinking is that either the starter solenoid took a dump on me and thats why I don't hear it click or anything or that the ignition switch on the column is bad and isn't sending the 12 volt signal its supposed to to the starter.
I just wanted to know what you other 3800 gurus had to say... I'm thinking about pulling the starter and having it tested, but everything is iced over right now so I can't really get to it.
RIPBC... Off to bigger and better things