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Postby 350hawk » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:18 pm

Drove the car started fine. went to restart and does not turn over. There is no power at the purple wire at the solonoid when the key is turned. Starter bench tested fine. Also when the key is turned the amp gauge drops near zero.
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Re: no starter

Postby spencerforhire » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:46 pm

Really need more info to make a proper diagnosis, but it could be anything from a fusible link at the starter or near the firewall junction to a bad neutral safety(or clutch) switch. Year, make, model, engine and trans would be helpful.
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Re: no starter

Postby hammerdown7 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:26 pm

Also with the amp gauge going to zero, sounds like a major short in the circuit.

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Re: no starter

Postby 350hawk » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:44 pm

1976 skyhawk 350 buick motor 2004r trans The wiring that went to the clutch switch now goes to the nutral safety switch on the b&m shifter.
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Re: no starter

Postby Monza Harry » Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:26 am

The purple wire should be fed from the starter, to power the fuel pump while turning over to "prime" the system, [IIRC] so if that is dead try jumping the solenoid to the starter direct. Harry
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Re: no starter

Postby cosvega76 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:16 am

Before getting too crazy, I'd start with the battery connections. I almost put a starter in my pickup one time just to find the battery cable was loose on the starter.


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Re: no starter

Postby 350hawk » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:39 pm

Wired in a push button and car starts now. Will have to look into the harness/ignition switch on the column. At least it will run for now though.
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Re: no starter

Postby spencerforhire » Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:10 am

The small micro switch that comes in an aftermarket shifter is way too light to handle the amperage necessary to engage the solenoid on a GM starter. I'd start looking there.
The "fleet"-
77 Vega Estate wagon- project(someday)will have TPI305/T-5, S-10 spindles/axles
72 Vega HB Drag Car -383/'Glide/9"(9.45@146.19)(6.01@117.28 1/8th)
76 Vega GT- 400/4spd/9" retired from active duty(rusty)
03 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (retired)
06 Haulin' 20ft enclosed car transporter
93 Suburban- 350/4L60(retired)
00 Saturn SW2- wife's car
01 Saturn SC2- younger son's project
00 Saturn SL2- daughter's car
98 Saturn SW2- spare
and 3 more Saturn "parts cars"
Note- the very act of listing all of these has made me realize I have some kind of problem.....

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