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Old 09-07-2002, 07:01 PM
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This morning when I went to start my stock '56 Chevy..nothing..like the batter was disconnected. I checked the battery, it was fully charged. With a screw driver I jump the battery post to the "s" and nothing, but I do have juice going to the starter. The idiot light goes on, but when I turn the key to start, nothing. After several attemp turning the key on and off, the starter finally engaged and started. It started the car all day without a problem. BTW, I had the starter rebuilt last Monday. Your thoughts?

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Old 09-07-2002, 07:12 PM
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Did you replace the starter solenoid as part of the rebuild. A bad solenoid will give the same symptom you described.
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Old 09-07-2002, 07:22 PM
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Funny you should ask. Yes, complete rebuild with new solenoid. I didn't want an AutoZone parts house rebuild for $60 so I had mine totally rebuilt, new soleniod, bendix springs..the works, by a local shop that charged me $150 . And I agree, a solenoid would give me that symptom. I just needed some feed back before I yank the starter out and bring back to the rewind shop.
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Several things can cause this. Most of the time, the selenoid on the starter will cause this. I,ve seen them do this brand new right out of the box. Some would act up with regularity others would go 10 years before doing it again.

The other thing I have seen is a bad comutator. When the starter stops rotating, if it lands on the bad section of the comutator where the brush comes in contact with it, it doesn't turn. I have also seen dirt or moisture get between the comutator and the brushes.

If the problem persists, I would replace the starter and selenoid with a new or rebuilt unit. I personally have not had good luck with the lifetime guarantee starters sold for $35.00 at most parts stores. I would go with a delco or get one of those new built mini starters. They have more torque, and are less prone to heat problems than the stock starter.

One more thing, I did have this happen to me one time when the ground cable broke (but still had some contact) that fed the starter, so you might check that also.

If you have battery cable ends that have the home made ends on there that just clamp on the end of the cable, I have seen them corode, and the corosion would migrate down the cable under the insulation where you could not see it and would give you a high resistance. If your cables are 100 years old and you see corosion around the end replace the cable with one that has a factory made end on it.

Hope this gives you some ideas.
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Most electrical problems I see are grounding problems. Double check the battery cables and make sure the battery is grounded to the engine block or better yet one of the starter mounting bolts. If you can absolutly rule out a cable connection problem then the solenoid would be my next thing to disassemble and checkout. If it was replaced with a new or rebuilt unit it could be a problem with the contacts.

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Thanks all for your replies. For Autorewire: I'll take the starter back to Lodi rebuilder tomorrow <img src="graemlins/crash.gif" border="0" alt="[crash]" />
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Had rebuilder shop check the starter but they didn't find anything wrong with it, but they changed the solenoid anyway. It's starting okay, but let's see what happens down the road. Thanks for the replies.
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Thanks for letting us know. Drop us a follow up in a few if you can.
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