Won't Start!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BowtieBlazer, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. BowtieBlazer

    BowtieBlazer Diesel Powered Premium Member

    Jul 15, 2001
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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Won\'t Start!

    I wheeled my blazer this weekend and while hosing off something must have happened or I just lucked out and broke down in my driveway. Here are the symptoms. I believe its either the starter or the cylinoid.

    -- key in the ignition when I turn to crank it makes a sort of clicking sound....almost like something is frying The choke light fades completely out if I hold the key inthe on position and fades back in when I release.

    -- The battery terminals have been cleaned and checked for proper contact surfaces

    -- with the starter unbolted from the engine but still power-fed the ignition makes no sound at all and the choke light stays constant

    -- ran fine started multiple times after useage and hosing prior to this. Truck ran 5 minutes before I tried to restart.

    ***Other Info***
    By unbolted I mean hanging free but still connected. I realize that means its ungrounded. I also think the starter is the culprit. I just sprayed the starter motor connections...didnt have time to really clean them. Being that I was in a rush I just left the blazer at home and jumped in my 85 to come back to school. I won't be able to bench test the starter until this weekend.
    The battery is definately fully charged.
  2. bigblue

    bigblue 1/2 ton status

    Dec 6, 2000
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    southern california
    Re: Won\'t Start!

    Double check your battery cables and make sure everything is kosher. I struggled with the same problems until I decided to get new battery and cables....just a thought
  3. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

    Dec 13, 2000
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    Roy WA
    Re: Won\'t Start!

    Almost sounds like the solenoid is shot. Theres a way to test this externally, but I'm not sure how. You can disassemble the solenoid if you are careful and see for yourself if its bad. I had one that really cranked slow, then would stop turning over at all...took it apart, the metal disk inside the solenoid looked like a sponge from all the pits.

    With the choke light dying, it sounds like the starter is drawing a lot, it's just not doing anything.

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