94 Bonneville SE won't Start - Page 5 - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat

Everything Electrical & Electronic Have an electrical problem? Lighting, Alternators, gauges, DIC, HUD, etc? Post it here. Please post Audio problems in the Audio forum, and Engine control problems in the appropriate Mechanical forum for your year.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-12-2009, 08:09 PM   #41
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

If the cables are corroded at the battery, then yes, you can get a jump and the car will run. If cables are corroded on the other end, then no, a jump may not work.

When you turn the key you say you here a loud click, then no turn. But can you hear the starter trying to turn? Do the lights dim? What your saying does sound like a bad starter. But before you go and get a new one, I would suggest pulling the + cable from the starter. Remember to pull the negative from the battery first. Clean up the connection real good and put back on the starter and see if that helps. If not, get the starter tested and replace if needed.
Danthurs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2009, 10:34 PM   #42
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
chuckk_ is on a distinguished road

Dan - I took your initial advice and went down to my car with a vice grip, a socket set, a can of WD-40 and a ball of steel wool. The bolt on the (-) came off easily but the nut on the (+) side was almost rounded off so I had to inch it off with vice grips. I sprayed both the bolts and the terminals with the WD-40, then scrubbed both thoroughly with the steel wool.
Connected the battery again, tried starting the car, and we have LIFE!

It ran for about 45 seconds, then shut off on its own. No power at all.

If you go back to my initial problem, I was having intermittent battery connectivity problems. Following this rationale, I went and wiggled the (+) cable and I heard the key chime come on. Went and gave the (+) cable another shake, gave the corresponding nut one last twist with the vice grip, started it again and I was able to drive it the 1/2 mile home. Which, considering it was on a city street and we're expecting 3-5 inches of snow in Milwaukee, was a huge blessing.

So, THANKS! Your advice is golden!

And at this point I'm convinced once and for all that all I need to replace is the (+) battery cable. Which brings up my next question...
The (+) cable splits into two lines: One goes to the base of the engine (to the starter?) and the other appears to lead into the firewall somewhere... Where?
How do I get to the other ends of these cables??

chuckk_ is offline   Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Car just won't start-and windows won't roll down??? Jeff Jacobs 1992-1999 4 10-10-2017 06:42 AM
1994 Silhouette wipers won't start, or start and stop part way dancinmikeb Oldsmobile 1 11-04-2013 01:40 PM
1983 bonneville won't start Argonox Classics (Star Chief and 1957 to 1986) 5 02-02-2004 02:07 AM
1990 Bonneville Won't Start... dang 1987-1991 12 06-25-2003 12:16 AM
My Bonneville Won't Start Properly...Can You Help?? amy_lynn 1992-1999 151 10-02-2002 12:38 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 01:09 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.