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Old 11-27-2009, 04:30 AM   #1
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Ok my problem is I have a 1997 Pontiac bonneville 3800 series 2 I was driving like a normal day I did a few things went here n then there ....but wen I got to my brothers house I shut the car off when I went to start back up won't start ...now I checked the lights n stuff they were bright horn loud all that so I figured starter I went n purchased a new starter I installed it car still won't start now I have a new alternator a new starter so I font know what'* the problem car drove fine ....the kicker Is I was actually able to get it started I created a park with a screw driver on the starter while my brother turned the key n then it started bur I got it to my house it won't start again now I had a tranny leak that was sorta bad wen the car was off but I kept fluid in there what can be wrong please help me ....if you know anything I've tried everything n I get the starter to work n turn on with the screw driver so it'* not that I get no clicking or nothing the security light doesn't stay on nothing please help
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Start by checking both battery cables on both ends. We've seen a lot of cars with corrosion. this lets enough threw to run lights and stuff, but not enough to turn over the starter.
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I did n nothing it still not starting
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I have a tranny leak would that mess anything up with the starter
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If the tranny fluid is getting on the starter, ya, but you said you put a new starter on and there was no change. If you jump the car, will it crank?
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No it won't n yea with the new starter still nothing ....
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I would check the battery cables, test them. I've seen several corrode inside the boot
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If the battery cables test okay...then I would suggest installing a new starter solenoid.
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Is there instructions on a starter seloniod n how do you check the cables
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