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Old 10-28-2004, 01:23 PM   #1
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my moms car wont turn over... fuel pump clicks on lights light up but no crank... im thinking its the starter.. i looked around on this forum and found a bunch of info on what it could be..

im thinking its the starter so i was gonna change it but i dont know where it is on this car 89 bonneville se i think its a se.. its got the 3800 in it.. ive never worked on one of these/./ i owned all hondas so.. its much different.. could somebody please tell me where the starter is located (detailed) and if thats the problem
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Under front of block on driver'* side (lean under front bumper and will see) a/c compressor is in same place on passenger side.
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If the starter makes any sort of clicking, or sounds as though its cranking, but the engine isn't turning over, sometimes hitting it with a screwdriver will help. However, this is only a temporary solution. When mine went out, it was the solenoid that failed, and if someone sat in the car, cranked it over, and another person it the starter with a screwdriver, it would eventually turn the car over. This worked fine for 2 days until the starter was replaced. This was under my mom'* ownership of the car, NOT mine. Don't judge me!


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ok this car is pissin me off.. it had this POS alarm.. so i removed all its components.. and reconnected the thick yellow wire from the ignition to the other end (where they split it to run the relay)// still the car wont even click nothin... u turn hte key and nuthing//. ne ideas oh and the battery has power
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You can jump the starter. Turn the ignition on, and jump the car over. See what happens, if the car turns over, and starts, then you know it isn't the starter.


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You can jump the starter. Turn the ignition on, and jump the car over. See what happens, if the car turns over, and starts, then you know it isn't the starter.


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the cars an automatic how do i pop start it?? i didnt think u can but explain what u mean by jump the car
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Well, for one, it will be easier if you have two people. Turn the ignition on but not to start. Go under the car, wire up the positive terminal from the batter via aligator cliped wire. Go onto the starter, connect the ground to the starter, then once you are ready hook up the ground to the negative terminal on the battery. Once the car starts disconnect the starter immediatly.


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ok i talked to a mechanic and he said put a screwdriver between the 2 wires on the starter and turn the key on and it should work.. didnt do nething.. i banged on the starter 2.. now theres 2 things there the one with the wires 2 connected to it.. and then theres a bigger thing next to it.. whats what and if it didnt do nething then the starter is bad right?

so how do i take the starter off? how many bolts are there.. i only see like 1 or 2..
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Well, don't eliminate the alarm thing, that may have caused something to fail. What'* happening is the starter isn't getting current. You need to do what I said in my previoust reply. That way you can test the starter, if you can get the car to start that way, you will be on a very long, and strenuous search for the problem.


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Well, don't eliminate the alarm thing, that may have caused something to fail. What'* happening is the starter isn't getting current. You need to do what I said in my previoust reply. That way you can test the starter, if you can get the car to start that way, you will be on a very long, and strenuous search for the problem.


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i took all the alarm components out.. reconnected the thick yellow wire back together where they tapped in for the relay... and if i connect the thick yellow ad the pink wire the car turns on like the dash lights and stuff as if the key was on.. basically hotwiring it.. now like i said i did jump the starter with the screw driver unless thats diff from what ur saying to do.. it sparked when i jumped to 2 wires wit the screw driver but i dont see how doing that would make it start... neway thats what i did so it did nuthing still so i think the starter is done.. what do u think?
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