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Old 03-20-2005, 08:20 PM   #1
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Ok so I am cleaning up my 1989 bonne to get ready to sell it and I have a problem. It has been sitting for a couple of months and so the battery was dead I tried to jump it but no luck. I just replaced the battery cause I am not gonna sell the car to a friend of my coworker with an iffy battery.

Replace the battery still no good. I know the ignition circut is working cause the gauges swing to redline when you try and start it like normal. I checked the connections as best I could to the starter and they seem ok. So what are my other options and/or what else do I need to eleminate? I figure the problem is the starter or selinoid but I am not sure so I need some help. I have a voltmeter so I guess I can check the connections with that with the help of a friend.
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Due to lack of use, the hammer trick may be necessary. No kidding. Get a big rubber mallet, and smack the thing while someone cranks it.
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Hmhh my experience with starters in a bind like that is that they normaly make a pretty nasty noise. The car makes no noise at all when you crank it not a bit like there is no current flowing to the starter. I will try the hammer though and then see if the starter is getting power with the voltmeter.
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Check and make sure that your connections on the battery side are nice and clean. I had kinda the same problem once and that was the cause.
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Check and make sure that your connections on the battery side are nice and clean. I had kinda the same problem once and that was the cause.
Ditto
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If that "Hammer time" fails you.

Jump the hot wire on the solenoid to the starter motor while you have the car in the on position.. if it cranks.. then it'* a starter solenoid.. ( I learned that from experience ).

But a loose connection will also do that due to the fact that it'* not able to carry the current across the connection, but is able to handle the load of just having your accessories and such on.
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Check and make sure that your connections on the battery side are nice and clean. I had kinda the same problem once and that was the cause.
They seemed pretty good when I replaced the battery a little rusty on the side post bolts though. I am having the car towed to my shop tomorrow and will be able to get a better look at it then.
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Well I wacked the starter a few times and it started right up what do you know.

Thanks for the help.
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Either carry that hammer with you at all times or replace the starter.
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Naw, I bet he'll be fine now. Just start it every other day or so.
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