No crank. Now just fine. - 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 02-04-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
Senior Member
Posts like a Supercharger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 195
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
imidazol97 is on a distinguished road
Default No crank. Now just fine.

98 leSabre--172,000 miles

This morning my car wouldn't crank. Checked battery connections, fuses. I could hear a relay under dash right side when I turned the key to CRANK but nothing happened. Tried many times over 8 hours to start--no crank.

Finally towed car home and got it in garage. Went out later to test the feel of turning the key. I'd noticed in past months there was a springy feel when turning the key to ON and CRANK. That was gone now and movement was smooth as silk. After turning it several times the starter worked and car runs just fine.

Is this an ignition switch problem down on top of steering column? Can that be replaced without removing the column which is the way the factory service manual shows it.

Starter problem? Replaced about 30-40,000 miles ago with AC Delco rebuild shop unit. Desk guy said that oil drips from oil pan and gets into solenoid and causes failure.

But the starter didn't give any hint of trouble earlier and sounds great now.

What do I need to check? I should have checked voltage at the starter for CRANK voltage before trying out the feel of the key inside the car, but it'* too late now to find out.

P.*.>
the VATS quit working several summers back. It would light up. Sometimes wouldn't start on first turn and would start on 2nd turn of key. Now the security light never comes on.
imidazol97 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2010, 11:45 PM   #2
Retired Senior Admin

Expert Gearhead
 
Danthurs's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sheboygan Wisconsin
Posts: 29,661
Thanks: 0
Thanked 16 Times in 13 Posts
Danthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to allDanthurs is a name known to all
Default

Be sure to check both ends of both battery cables, clean them up good and put some dielectric grease and tighten.
Danthurs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2010, 07:04 AM   #3
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

My first feeling is starter soleniod. Like you said though..unless you check when it'* acting up there'* no real way to know.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2010, 09:02 AM   #4
Senior Member
Posts like a Supercharger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 195
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
imidazol97 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BillBoost37 View Post
My first feeling is starter soleniod. Like you said though..unless you check when it'* acting up there'* no real way to know.
If I take the starter out is there a way to disassemble the solenoid to see if there'* oil inside affecting contacts?

I was under the car when it wouldn't start and tapped on the starter housing with a jack handle and I twisted and pulled on the wires thinking if there was corrosion that might cause them to make contact.

The air dam has to come off first to get a good look at the connections there. I'll probably do that during the snowstorm over the weekend.
imidazol97 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2010, 10:58 AM   #5
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

They make soleniod kits, I'm pretty sure there'* a way to open them and clean them up etc. Never done it, but people used to.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
92 88 won't restart after sitting. Cold start fine, imediate restart fine chevjerico Oldsmobile 8 05-27-2013 12:07 AM
Ran fine last night, now nothing webbman81 1992-1999 7 07-06-2006 12:03 AM
Halo, Halo you all Halo'ing? I'm Halo'ing just fine. Allmachtige Lounge 10 11-11-2004 10:58 PM
Important Announcement: My Alternator is Just Fine acg_ssei 1992-1999 2 01-27-2004 07:45 PM
Salesman tells me this cars brakes are fine.. just too funny James Ketcham General GM Chat 16 10-27-2003 03:58 PM


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 12:24 AM.


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.