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Old 07-21-2003, 09:35 PM
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Chevy starter cranks and cranks, cranks

I just got my 350 in and connected everything up. Went to bump the engine, turned the key and the starter starts cranking then won't stop. I have to pull the battery cable to stop it. When I reattatch the battery cable nothing happens until I turn the key back to start. I checked the wiring and is correct as per the manal and is the same way as when I took it off. Could this be a solennoid problem, or should I look into the starter wiring?

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Old 07-21-2003, 09:48 PM
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There are several things that can cause that. If the starter is shimmed right and all else is o.k. let me suggest something I have seen on different vehicles at various times, and it may sound odd but it is a real possibility and an easy solution. If your battery voltage is low, it will actually arc the solenoid contacts enough to keep the engine cranking and when the battery is disconnected it allows it to release. To explain how this works you need to realize that any electrical component ( starter motor in this case) is rated in watts (which is volts x amps), so when the voltage is down it generates more amps to create the same wattage and the amps is what causes the sticking. It doesn't have to be real low ( I think below 11 volts it probably won't crank) but that's enough off of a charged batterey's 12.6 to create the phenomenom. It may not be the problem, but it is an easy check and no cost fix if it is. I hope this helps and if not you can keep it in your memory for the future, I've seen it happen at least a dozen times. Let us know.
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Old 07-21-2003, 09:58 PM
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something else to look at is the solenoid also, it could be sticking or the hole the plunger or piston slide in can be warped, I have had both happen to me in the past.........joe
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Old 07-22-2003, 09:40 AM
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Just go get another starter, Thier not to expensive and it's easier than to try to replace the solenoid.
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Did you wire that ignition switch? Might want to check the wiring? Did changing the starter do any good?


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Old 07-22-2003, 12:33 PM
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first dont buy a cheapo starter from schuck's etc as they last about 6 months, even tho they're guaranteed for years, they suck

i would take the starter out of the car and see if it works, with a ground to the engine. i think you got the wiring wrong at the key
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