1992 Roadmaster, changed alternator and battery. Tried starting it,
just got a single click each time. Lights come on very bright, volt
meter shows just over 12V. Any suggestions? Obviously, I'll be turning
the engine to verify that it hasn't seized, and see if I can get the
flywheel to get "unstuck" from the starter pinion. Could it be anything
other than the starter?
Vuarra, from another computer.
I have a 92 Caprice which is very similar to Roadmaster.
If lights don't dim when you turn the key that means you are not drawing any
current to turn the engine.
IOW if the engine were seized you would see everything go dim as the starter
motor tried to crank the sieged motor.
Sounds like a stuck solenoid, bad contact or a dead spot on the armature of the
Try tapping on the starter motor with a rubber mallet while someone else turns
The idea is to jar it past the dead spot.
Make certain to stay clear of the fan etc!!!
Last thing you need is for it to start and take off a hand!
BTW this little trick works for electric in tank fuel pumps as well.
Most times on this car it is either the solenoid or the motor itself.
Both come as a kit so best to replace the entire unit unless you want to save a
few bucks and go for the solenoid.
Bah.... tried turning the central nut of the dampener, and while I tightened
that nut / bolt, the engine didn't move. The lights did dim, by quite a
bit, when I did engage the starter. Looking at a new (rebuilt) engine :(
On that front, ot looks like $1300, assuming I can actually get on the
Sorry to hear :(
These cars, more the Caprice though, are fast becoming popular with the young
If the body is in good shape and everything else works, you might want to
consider a crate engine from GM.
Get the tranny done at the same time and for less than 5k you have yourself a
brand new car.
Currently I have almost 325k miles on my 92 Caprice and I am still on original
tranny and engine.
There is a reason why they use these beasts for NYC taxis!
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