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Chevy 350: Starter Does Not Immediately Engage After Cold-Start

Hi All,


For the past few months, I have noticed that if the truck is started and run for a while (driving or just warming it up), shut off, and then started it again, the starter doesn't work immediately. I have to turn the ignition key a few times before it finally engages. Sometimes I will move the shifter up and down, thinking that it moves something (aside from the shifter cable), and the starter will engage.


I have replaced the battery, the ground wire which runs to the alternator brace, and the power cable which runs to the starter. But the problem persists. However, it does not happen every time, and definitely not on cold starts. The problem used to be a lot worse before I changed the cables. I would often have to jiggle the wires or retighten the posts on the battery to get the starter to work.


Any ideas?


Thanks in advance!

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Most likely the solenoid is sticking on the starter. Do it not make any sound at all?
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Hey Chet,

Nope, no sound at all. But the lights and everything else comes on just fine. Forgive my lack of knowledge on this, but can the solenoid be repaired/replaced? Or would the starter itself need to be replaced?

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They can be replaced or repaired on most starters. I would pop it off and open it up. It may just need a cleaning
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They can be replaced or repaired on most starters. I would pop it off and open it up. It may just need a cleaning
Got it. Will check it out. Thanks!
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They can be replaced or repaired on most starters. I would pop it off and open it up. It may just need a cleaning
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What type vehicle, shifter etc..
Neutral safety switch??
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Hey SSedan,


It is a 1977 Chevy truck. It has an auto transmission with a column shifter. Not a hundred percent sure about the neutral safety switch, but judging from what I just saw online, I believe it does have one.
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The solenoid contacts can become pitted and worn. How to deal w/it for no cost other than your time is covered HERE.
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The solenoid contacts can become pitted and worn. How to deal w/it for no cost other than your time is covered HERE.
Thanks! Hopefully it is just a simple clean up.
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