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She doesn't want to start...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by schwank, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. schwank

    schwank Registered Member

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    She doesn\'t want to start...

    Got the 91 Scottsdale, but this time the problem eludes me.

    She just turns over very slowly... like the battery is dead. But it's not - tested it at the parts store(only a year old), plenty of power. Alternator cranking out plenty of juice as well. In fact, when it fires up... it runs great.

    Just swapped the starter solenoid, but that didn't help. Ideas?
     
  2. KRAZIE87K5

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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    Why didn't you swap the entire starter? AutoZone sells one for something like $36...
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    -Dan
     
  3. Ryan B.

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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    Make sure the battery is at or above 12.4 volts.
    I'd disconnect and check the resistance of your battery cables with an ohm meter.
    Last, replace the starter.
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    Check the engine ground wire. It runs from the neg terminal to the block, It could be loose.
     
  5. schwank

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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    I figured the solenoid just blew due to heat... The thing has been great and it just started the last few days to turn over real slow. I honestly thought it was the battery til I had it tested. Just went to turn it over now, and get barely anything, just the click noise.

    Ground wire is fine
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    Agreed on all counts. Even on the checking of the batt. cable resistance. Make sure you have SOLID connections. A loose terminal in just one place will make all the difference.
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  7. schwank

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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    Just walked back in, hands are still freezing /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    Cleaned and checked all connections... same exact symptoms as before the solenoid swap. Battery is tight, ground is good, connections on replaced solenoid are good.

    Maybe it is the starter... sucks that I wanted to be somewhere in an hour from now
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    My 84 wouldn't start for a while in the real cold.
    I replaced the starter and battery cables and nothing.
    Then went to get the battery replaced (warranty on an Optima)
    It turned out the battery would read 12v until you turned the key, then it would drop to 6v
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    i had a problem like that in an '85 chevy i had, replaced the whole starter and it worked fine. the brushes in the starter could be going out
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    yeah... even after the solenoid replacement, now she won't turn over at all... just clicks.

    cleaned all contacts and grounds, battery is fine. i can sit there with the dome light on, and raise and lower the rear window, and listen to the radio... but can't get her to turn over.

    looks like time for a whole new starter....

    by the way, ck5'ers rock... you guys are on it!
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    I would check the timing to make sure it is not too advanced. When it is serious cold like it is here it does not take much to keep it from turning over. If that is ok take the battery to have it tested. Mine did that same thing last winter. Something inside the battery. It showed 13V until a load was put on it and it would drop way down. I imagine that you starter is fine as long as you got your connections good and tight on the new solonoid. Good Luck
     
  12. K5Kell

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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    If I were you I would get under it and bang the hell out of the starter /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif. If it starts working better then go get a starter.
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    kick it in the JIMMY hahaha /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    I've been having the same problem. I replaced old positive cruded up cable with a nice new $6.00 one from Pep Boys. I used a wire brush to get the terminals on the battery and starter. Clean off all the oil, mud, and crude. That elimainated my problem. Good luck.
     
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    Re: She doesn\'t want to start...

    Get a voltmeter and put it on the battery, it should read 12.25v or more. When you try to start the Blazer it shouldn't drop to below 9.75v, if it does, replace the battery.
     

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