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
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).
"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.
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.
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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