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Old 01-29-2008, 11:11 PM   #11
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Do you have a voltmeter or 12 volt test light? If so check for power getting to the small wire on the starter soleniod while the key is in the start position.
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If you suspect that a frozen pulley is preventing the motor from turning, remove the serpentine belt and try to spin all of the pulleys by hand. A frozen or tight one will be obvious.

Make sure that your battery and alternator cables are clean, tight and not corroded (even underneath the insulating boots on the ends).

Check or have the battery checked with a load tester. If a new battery is not holding charge, the likely culprit is the alternator or the connections to it. Remove the alternator and have it tested. If the battery is fully charged and load tests OK, and the connections are clean and tight....

Put a test light on the starter solenoid wire at the starter and turn the key to start. If it lights up, but you hear no click from the solenoid engaging the starter drive, replace the starter and solenoid.
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If you don't even hear a click when you try to start it, I suspect battery cable corrosion, the battery, or possibly the starter solenoid.
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had the wire to the key for the vats break once took me 2 days to figure that out and ended up pulling on the vats wires coming out of the collumn and found one broke. Soldered it up and heat shrink and no more problems
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I am going to throw out that possibly the alternator is to blame. Have you had this checked?
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