Starter Issue 2002 Regal
Hey guys. So my issue isnt specifically with the starter, in fact the starter itself works fine. A little back story:
Last week I finished swaping my 3.8L engine in my 2002 regal. Replaced with a 3.8L out of a 2005 grand prix. No supercharger on it. For the last week everything has been aces, with the exception of one time during a start nothing happened when i turned the key. Gave a single knock as if the starter was cooked. I popped the hood, checked all my harness'* and connections including the battery connections, turned the key and started up right away. Aside from the one issue the car has been a dream . . . until today that is. Drove the car all morning, stopped for lunch, jumped in to start it up and nothing. The starter knocked like the last time, but no turn over from the engine. Tried all the usual stuff, got under it, gave it a bang with the hammer, nothing. A single knock from the starter and no turn over. Went and grabbed a new starter, installed it, and nothing. Just the same knock from the new starter and that'* all. Except for the fact that one of the harness'* running low voltage wires was getting so hot it began to smoke, melted the plastic off of one of the five wires, but no turn from the engine. I'm not sure what that harness is for but it runs across the front of the intake. Had my car guy swing by, tested the old starter and it was fine. My car guy says it seems like the starter isn't getting power. It seems like a wiring issue but I'm not really sure where to start with this. Finally got my car back and it only lasted a week. Has anyone run into any similar issues? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I really wanna get my baby back on the road. Thanks folks.