Hello all..You guys usually have some good insight so here goes..My
brother has a 1998 Buick LaSabre 3.8 V6 automatic.Last week he said
when he went to start it it started to crank like normal and then
there was a noticble clunk and everything just stopped...Any attempts
to start it after that the starter motor sounded as if it was engaging
but nothing happened.I went down and looked at it and thought maybe it
was the starter as you could here a loud click coming from it as if
the solenoid was working but had bad contacts..Took the starter off
and took it to the big auto electric place near where I work and they
tested it and said it was fine..Just to be on the safe side I
scrounged a second starter up and had that tested and they said that
too was fine..So back I go with 2 good starters but neither one would
start the car...Battery was fine...I put the engine in neutral and
found I could turn it with a socket and ratchet with no problem so the
engine isn`t froze up..When you try to start it you can see all the
accessories make a jump foward as if it`s trying to turn but the
engine just won`t turn over from the starter motor(s)...Assuming the
starter motors are good and the engine isn`t frozen up any ideas what
to look at to make it crank over or what could be keeping it from
doing so?..Thanks in advance for any ideas
A quick follow up..I tried starting it again on the way home by
putting a nice fresh battery in it and noticed that the positive
terminal on the battery was getting hot after a number of unsuccessful
starts...Thanks for all the advice so far!
Somewhat normal as you are cranking the engine for longer periods. Do what
Edwin P said about cables and grounds.
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