94 buck park avenue starter won't crank

have a 94 park avenue that will not crank over. removed and tested starter, failed, replaced starter and cranked the car it fired right up. well it
only cranked that once. tried to start it again now nothing. can hear solnid kick to engage but motor will not spin engine. hand spun engine and it does not appear to be binding.removed new starter and had it tested, tests good. any help or suggs appreciated
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disconnected battery after car had started. could it be something with the security system?
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Stacey,
Check your starter pinion to flywheel gear clearance. Sounds like it may be a bit too tight. You may have to shim the starter mounting (you DID put the shims from the old starter back in when you installed the new one I hope. That should at least get you close).
Regards, Bill Bowen Sacramento, CA
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"stacey451" wrote: (94 Buick park avenue)
Starter will not crank. Removed and tested starter, failed. Replaced starter and cranked the car it fired right up. It only cranked that once. Tried to start it again now nothing. Can hear solenoid click to engage but motor will not spin engine. Hand spun engine and it does not appear to be binding. Removed new starter and had it tested, tests good.
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1.) Did you use a new solenoid with the new starter? It acts like a bad solenoid switch intermittently failing to complete the starter circuit when the pinion gear is engaged. A bad solenoid may have been the original problem instead of a bad starter.
2.) If the solenoid clicks repeatedly and rapidly the problem is probably a bad battery cable connection or a very low battery.
3.) If the new starter was installed without the old starter shim(s) the pinion could jam against the ring gear, preventing the solenoid armature from connecting the starter circuit.
Good Luck.
Rodan.
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Rodan wrote in alt.autos.gm

One thing, its' a gm, the solenoid is built on top of the starter. Damned hard to replace the without replacing the solenoid. Of course, it is possible that the solenoid has gone bad, especially if it is a rebuilt or refurbished unit. AFAIK, the only cars built with a separate solenoid are Fords. One of their ideas I like. Helps with troubleshooting a whole host of problems.

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