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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 02, 9:56 PM Thread Starter
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About a week ago i bought a "new" starter Which i recently installed. The car does absolutley nothing when i turn the key. Could you tell me the basic things that could be wrong with this and how to check them?? Or an easy fix to see if this motor is dead or not? i havent heard it run yet. The owner claimed the 350 had 400 horsepower but i highly doubt it. But hey u never know
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 02, 9:22 AM
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I assume since you changed the starter your problem is the engine won't turn over versus not firing. Also assume you cleaned up the battery cables already. The 72s can have a start problem due to the ground cable. The ground cable screws into the alternator bracket with a small screw. If the cable is junky looking, the screw is loose, or the bracket is rusty, the car will have start problems. I have changed out a starter just to learn this. If this is OK maybe next check for voltage on the starter. That's at least accessible. I use a clip lead on the starter terminal instead of trying to hold the meter lead up in there. Clip the lead on the "S" terminal and the other side of the lead goes to the meter. Other side of the meter to a good ground. See if there is voltage as you crank the key. Check to see that you did put the purple wire on the "S" terminal. If the yellow and purple wires are reversed, the car won't start.
After this it's time to start looking under the dash. Post back with your findings.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 02, 5:16 PM
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by 72ChevelleMalibu:
The car does absolutley nothing when i turn the key.

Nothing?? not even a click You should hook up a test light and test for power at the small terminal on the starter when the key is turned to the "crank" position.
Sounds like you are not getting any power there.
You should have power at the large terminal all the time even when the key is out of the ignition.
Check whats going on at these 2 points and let us know

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