Chad Steitzer: Have had a starting problem as well on my 1997 Oldmobile Achieva. I
accidently had the power wire hit hit engine as i was changing the
alternator, causing a spark at wire and down below I presume around my
starter(solenoid) with bit of smoke and smell.. All fuses have been checked
and are fine, Wires looked ok around starter(solenoid) area. I noticed car
will start if signal lights work when i move ignition to on position. But
if signal lights arent on...car wont start? When car is running also check
Battery light Stay's on!! Note: Bout 5 month's ago also had problem with
ignition switch...light stay's on in dash when i take key out ..have to
remove fuse or battery and chimes will cause a dead battery so ..everytime
i start car up just put fuse back in....So sorta stumped I know signal
switch must be gone ..because of dash light's,etc but never had battery
light stay on or starting problems with fuse was put back in...so not sure
if I made problem worse with Alternator spark or added to the problem?
..thanks for reading...
Cody Hamilton: Got it running it was a ground cable connection Thank you for the help much
Vânia Rosado: Hi, and thanks for your informative videos. My Toyota, usually very
reliable, has started not cranking, making a 'want-to-start' initial noise
and then a whirring sound when the key is turned. The battery test result
was OK, according the technicians. To start, it requires being jump
started but from then on, it is fine, starting first time every time. I
noticed the negative battery cable was loose and had that tightened but the
problem persists, only on starting it the first time round. Once jump
started it runs fine, even if I turn the engine off and then on again. Any
Mark Schirripa: Nice video. I saw a post that said a rapid clicking sound indicates a dead
battery. But I'm hearing that rapid clicking sound on my 1998 DeVille while
it's being jumped by another car. It's doing less now than it did before I
hooked it up to that other car. Have you any thoughts on this?
borrego celery: This crap is very helpful when you dont know about cars
Vânia Rosado: Delighted to have had a response. You are very helpful. Thank you, Cindy,
thank you, ImRamro. Bless you.
david simmons: hey everybody signal means power, no signal no power
LLuE88: ON MANY OF THE NEWER VEHICLES THERE IS ANOTHER "STARTER" RELAY BETWEEN THE
KEY AN THE STARTER SOLINOID ON THE STARTER HOUSING
Carrie Krull: I have a 91 Park Avenue, and sometimes when I try to start it, all the
idiot lights come on, but the starter won't engage. Nothing happens. There
is resistance when I turn it, but the starter won't spin. I tried to
override it at used jumper cables and put the positive on the starter, and
the engine would crank and fire for a second, but wouldn't keep running.
Jason Bothwell: I got a 96 Chevy k -1500 4x4 and just put a new battery in it but the guy I
baught it from had two alarm systems connected to the old battery I had
someone yank them out since the guy never gave me the clicker to it to turn
off the alarm so now I got the new battery in and my truck still only
starts in neutral not in park does anyone have any ideas what it can be ?
Cody Hamilton: Well I appreciate the help and yeah I just went down the list ya threw out
there and I checked all the ground conections made sure they was clean and
tight and no bad wires. Hooked the booster cables to my truck a she popped
off on the first try. Thank you again im glad an easy fix was all it was
and not a couple hunderd dollar repar bill.
Ramtopredneck: Ramro - You rock! I'm wondering what you think about this situation. A 97
Jetta suddenly won't start today. Battery has juice, everything comes on
with the key but it won't crank. Not even a click. There is a very high
pitched whine from somewhere near the air filter (maybe fuel pump?) It will
however pop start. I'm thinking maybe the clutch safety switch........but I
don't know WTF I'm talking about. Any ideas?
lostlotta: Sometimes hear a click sometimes not. There was a few times it took few
extra seconds to get the engine going,and like I said sometimes Engine
won't turn over at all.
Took it to mechanic last werk and he said couldnt find anything wrong since
the problem wasnt happening at the time. Its frustrating. My car is a 2006
Alan G.: I have a 97 Jetta, there in no clicking noise at all. Just got a new
battery because it was dead. But still nothing :/ Any idea of what it might
Paul Mariani: My truck wont start...All we hear is one click but what it takes to start
the truck is 3 PEOPLE. One turning the key, One jumping the solenoid on the
fender, And the one on the starter PLEASE HELP, By the way its a 1994 F350
with a 460 V8
DreCL32: I have a 2003 honda accord ex . 2.4
I was driving and all of a sudden the car stalled on me . I tried to crank
it a few times and it started and cut back off in like 5 sec and after that
it hasn't started yet. After I try to crank it there is a buzzing from the
ignition until I turn it back to the 1 position. Also when I turn to the 2
position the "D" gear indication comes on for a few seconds and then goes
off. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated . I changed the ignition
switch but that did not help.
Linda Easley: My car won't start intermittenly. Went to store, got back to car and engine
wouldnt turn over. After couple hours it staryed rigjt up and I drove home.
Turnedoff ignition then immediately tried to turn it on again amd again
engine wouldnt turn over
NATHAN slaughter: That long stud on starter is positive. Both stubs but after the solenoid is
energized the stud becomes positive powering the starter
Jason Bothwell: Oh and my engine is a 5.7
Jason Bothwell: Oh and my engine is a 5.7
Cody Hamilton: Ive got a 1993 Toyota Pickup 5speed Man. Tran. 3.0L V6 4x4. Just recently
my girlfriend was driving it and she parked it and turned the truck off.
When she went to get back in she went to turn the ignition switch and she
got nothing no clicking sound, the radio would not come on no lights would
come on nothing. we tried putting on a good battery and still got nothing.
We tried to pull start it and still got nothing but while i was pulling her
when i got up to around 20MPH her head lights would come on dim and her
radio would try to come on. I have already checked the Neutral Safety
Switch and it seemed to be fine. Im just looking for options. The truck has
manual lights so I wouldnt of thought it would be the NSS or the Ignition
switch but i could be wrong just looking for answers asap. Thank you.
coolslider2011: SORRY TO SAY but you are wrong on a couple of things there is no ground
cable or nut on the starters the starter receives its ground from the
requirement of being bolted to the engine. there are 3 nuts on a starter
the nut with the copper is a power line but it only has power when the key
is turned because the key activates power to the smaller nut engaging the
solenoid and once the solenoid is engaged it closes a circuit allowing 12v
power to flow from main nut to 2nd main nut.
Fwaz Fj: thank you
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Warren Bewley: I do not mean to be critical. But if your battery was bad, it could still
have enough juice to light up the small bulb on the tester, but not enough
to turn over the starter which requires a lot of power. Before they go to
the trouble and expense of replacing the starter, can't you put a
screwdriver across the terminals on the starter momentarily and see if it
spins to make sure?
borrego celery: This crap is very helpful when you dont know about cars
salamatzamo: cant your obd scan tool tell you if your starter is bad
2bu4musik: Great video! Time for me to invest in a test light. Thank you.
coolslider2011: easiest way to test your going to far take a flat head screw driver and
jump the 12v live terminal to smaller nut if u hear a clunk clunk as u
touch then the solenoid is fine..... if you take your flat head and jump
the 2 bigger nuts and you here a motor winding then your starter works....
if you turn the key and nothing turns on then you have a bad switch but the
key can unlock your steering wheel.... so if you turn your key to the on
position and jump all 3 terminals big nut little nut and big nut your car
will crank and run allowing you to move the vehicle if u need to a easier
goheat77: I have an exytra bolt, its an unloader wire and everthing else you have
there. ground, unloader wire, ignition wire, and big red wire. how do you
dianose that one?
Flappykillmore: I have a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, the only noise it makes is a soft humming
sound when I turn the key. (Fuel Pump Engaging) Then after trying over &
over it eventually turns over & starts. Then it runs great from there! Done
this for the past week, turned it on about 10 times, check engine light
just came on today saying "Crank Shaft Sensor", but I was told the car
would turn & run like sh*t. So we've bought a new starter & we're gonna put
that in. What do you think? Our local mechanics said there is no way it's
the sensor if it's running fine. If it was the crankshaft sensor then the
car wouldn't turn over, but it'd crank. But it doesn't even do that so I
assume it's the starter right? Replaced the Clutch switch, started 30 times
consecutively, then failed later that night. So assume it was just a lucky
part of the starter. Suggestions?
Brian Hunter: have a 99 5 spd cavalier 2.2, when i push my clutch in, also in neutral, i
turn my key over and nothing. no turn over. new starter, battery is fine,
have been having to push jump it lately, im thinking neutral safety switch,
but not completely sure. any ideas?
robert jernigan: I have a 96 Nissan Sentra that i had a cranking problem with, i would turn
the key and nothing! I changed the neutral saftey switch first and still
nothing, so then i bought battery cables and same story nothing lol when i
came across this video is when i bought a tester light and tested the
ignition wire as shown in the vid, i had no power going to the wire so i
purchased a new tumbler/ign switch installed it and she fired right up!!!
Thanks for the help...
kelly miller: Thanks for the video I have a 2003 Honda Element. I wanted to test the
switch and neutral safety switch before swapping out the starter and didn't
know how til this watching this.
oldguy8177able: i was told if difficult to start nentral or park is neutral safety switch
,which is problem i had,i took it to a good autoelectrican took about 30
secs he said was ignition switch because when you turn key fast it starts
turn it slow does'nt,anyway problem sorted i had this for about 5 years
Christopher Duecaster: ok the principles are there and i agree with most of the steps but try back
probing the connection with a pin instead of making the female plug too
big to make a connection or there is my favorite superglue and a sowing
needle- to pierce the the wire cheek for power cover the hole with glue to
seal less parts to take off
Gail B: Thank you. I think I can show this to my mechanic tomorrow and it will save
us a trip to have Autozone check it for us.
1234abc341: I have a 03 toyota 4 runner it is does not started i preplaced a new
starter and still not started,but when i turn the key on it's light up but
not crank. Sometime start in neutral position instad parking.
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tpcoachfix: The bare copper wire IS NOT a ground wire! It feeds battery power to the
starter motor from the battery feed post on the solenoid when you turn the
key to the start position and the solenoid becomes energized. The starter
motor gets it ground from the engine block.
Lilsmf06: Spent too much time explaining the same crap over and over and over.
andres bee: Thnx for the vid. I sometimes have this issue with my 99 buick century. It
struggles to fully crank so I step on the gas whichbit helps most of times.
I hear a grindin soumd and thumping at the same time plus white smokes
comes out the muffler. When i do have problems i have to keep mybfoot on
the gas sonit wont turn off. Sometimes when its failin tonturn on it would
just click once and i would have to leave it alone for days. A mechanic
read my starter at 75
ImRamro: Sounds like the solenoid that is mounted to the starter. The solenoid gets
energized and throws the gear out to turn the flywheel. It could be
something else, but my Cadillac is having the same problem and it is my
solenoid. You can test it with a voltometer, but a delay is usually the
solenoid taking a long time to energize. I would replace the starter or
remove the starter and replace the solenoid.
ImRamro: Sounds like the fusable link? The battery should have a wire that is
attached to the positive cable. This wire is not the super thick main
cable, but a heavy gauge wire about 1/2 as thick as a pencil. This is a
wire that has a fuse inside of it, this wire is called the fusible link.
All it is is a heavy wire with a fuse or thinner wire inside that will blow
to save your components. It should run to the starter solenoid. The wire
should have a lump in it. I had the same problem once, good luck.
ImRamro: If the car cranks, then the battery is still working. I would check for
spark first. You can do this with a spark tester or removing one spark plug
wire and sticking a screw driver in the spark plug boot. Then lat the plug
wire with the screw driver inside it real close to something metal on the
engine. When you crank the car, you should see a small blue spark jumping
from the screw driver to the piece of metal. Don't touch the screw driver
metal when you do this or it will give you a shock.
ImRamro: Thanks for watching and the comment. I have worked on all kinds of cars and
I still need to watch YouTube videos to work problems out.
billbo1154: my starter runs all the time even whene the key is off. help.
Triston Walker: yes the motor sputtering like it wants to die
ImRamro: The intermittent starting problem can be the neutral safety switch? The
easiest way to check it would be to test the wire like we did in the video.
#1 You can try moving the gear shifter rapidly through the gears, then
return to park and turn the key. #2 You can also try and start the car in
neutral? If one of these two things start the car, it may be the neutral
safety switch? It could be something else of course like battery cables or
the ignition? You can make your own shims out of alum can