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Old 09-28-2005, 08:52 AM
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Problem withstarting my car

I had my battery and starter checked out yesterday and they are fine. But when I put the starter back in and hooked the battery up the starter turned over like I had it straighted wired. I hooked everything up the way it was when I took it off. The only thing I can think of is that the starter is not in there properly. If anyone has a suggestion please write me at

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Well, on this particular forum I think the answer would be to cut the back off and make a couch out of it.

Post in the motor section.

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I think more people would see you question and you would have a better chance of getting it answered if you would post it in the Electrical forum. This forum is for Hot Rod Art.
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Check your cables, both positive and negative. Sounds like it may have a bad ground.

Should be moved to electrical.................
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Doc here,

More info needed..

What car, year, model, make and engine type?

What do you mean "Straight wired???" Do you mean it cranks all the time WHEN you put the battery cable on without the key?

If that's the case, your "S" terminal on the starter is either mis-wired to a constant 12 volt source, or shorted to one..remove the "S" wire from the solenoid and try the battery cable again..It should not crank...

If it does the "Shoe" contactor inside the solenoid has welded itself to the contacts..replace the solenoid.

If it does not crank...

Trouble shoot the wire that was coming from the "s" terminal for an unauthorized 12 volts at all times..remove the short and try again, If it does it only when you just turn the key to "On" then the "S" and "I" or "R" terminals are reversed..and it's getting power from the ignition coil when you turn the key on...energizing the solenoid. Reverse the wires..

If it slow cranks but normally, set your grounding system up as follows:

Your ground should be set up as such,

The battery cable ground to any handy bolt at or near the starter.

From there, get a battery cable that has 2- 3/8 ring terminals on it ($6 bucks at wally mart or auto parts place) and ground that to the frame..

From the engine block ground at the starter, run 2 -# 10 ga. wires. The first to the firewall, and the second to the alternator ground lug or mount bolt...

USE proper Star washers, Sheet-metal screws / bolts and locks, and burnish ALL the paint and grease from the grounding areas..

This will give you a rugged reliable grounding system that will most likely outlast the car...

If the Alternator is powered white Along with the mount, remove both and the hardware, and sand or water blast them back to clean bare metal...

Then when you reinstall add aluminum wire bonding paste to all hardware and anywhere the mount or alternator touches the block ..

This is electrolysis , the mount (On most GM's) is aluminum and he block is steel (what the hell were they thinking?)..that powder is an insulator..

It will ( on most GM's) ALSO dissolve the water pump impeller like a mild you might want to think about replacing that while you are in there too..(less stuff to pull down again..)

Check your Power Cable..Be sure it is tight at the solenoid, and does not wobble in the solenoid face..

Check BOTH battery cables at the battery, be sure they are clean, tight, and no corrosion ..and inspect UNDER the insulation..If you find any there..replace the cables..

Give me more info on the car, and what it is doing Exactly..and we can narrow it down more..

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