94 Se Will not crank. - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-07-2007, 03:26 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Pgh, pa
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mcc7012 is on a distinguished road
Default 94 Se Will not crank.

Hello, I'm having issues with my 94 bonneville. Ran fine yesterday, then I went to leave last night and it wont crank.
When you turn the key, the starter clicks once...the selenoid, but nothing else happens. The lights really dont dim out either.
I checked the voltage at the battery...12+ volts.
Also, I tried swapping in a new starter I had around, still just clicks once then nothing. I cleaned the battery cables during this also.
What am I missing? Anyone have any ideas?

My 90 Lesabre did this once...and magically fixed itself after I scanned for codes with a paper clip. I dont think I can scan the bonneville in the same way though, right?

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
mcc7012 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

Disconnect your battery cables and pull the bolts and boots off the battery end. Tell us what you find.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Western New York
Posts: 1,942
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Technical Ted is on a distinguished road
Default

A dead battery can still show 12 volts. Seeing how dim the headlights get while cranking is a better test.

Disconnect the battery cables, remove the bolts, rubber boots & then clean off any corrosion with sandpaper or a wire brush. Apply some dielectric grease to help prevent future corrosion & reassemble. You have to get the rubber boot off the positive side to check for corrosion between the cable ends.

Let us know what you find.
Technical Ted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 08:21 PM   #4
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 44
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Phill is on a distinguished road
Default

The 94 is still OBD 1, the same as your LeSabre. You should be able to get the codes the same way. As for the cranking problem, clean, clean and clean again. Also, don't be too quick to trust the battery.

If this doen't work, you can check to see if the problem is the ignition switch by installing a jumper from the battery (+) terminal to the * (smallest one) terminal on the solenoid. You should have a normally open switch in the jumper so that you can be clear when you energize the starter. If the starter doesn't turn at all, then you need to service it and/or the solenoid switch.
Phill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 08:29 PM   #5
PopaDopaDo
True Car Nut
 
popatim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 4,957
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
popatim is on a distinguished road
Default

94 & 95 are the oddball years, you cannot get the codes via jumper.

Don't forget to check/clean the other end of the ground, on the block in back of the starter.
popatim is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
not the battery, prob not alt, no crank e8r23i80c 1992-1999 14 01-31-2008 09:53 PM
92 pontiac bonneville will not crank up Johnnystorm 1992-1999 2 12-05-2005 02:58 PM
Will not crank since jump start, fried ECM? Pepboys has car. srgetz 1992-1999 13 02-02-2005 10:42 PM
Changing crank sensor because Tach intermittently not workin 1997_LeSabre 1992-1999 1 12-14-2004 08:09 PM
not good. NOT GOOD. (hit and run, not bad-BAD, but not good) repinS General GM Chat 13 11-26-2004 11:35 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:25 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.