My Daily Driver won't start...

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting & Diagnosis' started by Cougar125, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Cougar125

    Cougar125 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Ok. My daily driver is a 77 chevy p/u with a 5.7lt V8 350 sbc.

    You get in turn the key. Accessories turn on. Turn the key to start and there is nothing.

    I've had the battery and starter both bench tested. They are fine. When I reinstalled them, I checked my grounds from the block to the battery and from the battery to the body. They were both clean and good.

    I tried getting the starter to kick over on its own by shorting the hot to the other post (the one with the little wire on it) and it wouldn't do anything (I'm thinking solenoid may be faulty?) After that, I used alligator clips to jump the hot to the starter motor. The starter spun up like it was supposed to, but when I tried it again it wouldn't do anything.

    If somebody could get me pointed in the right direction, it'd be helpful. I have to have the truck back up and running by thursday because I'm moving to San Diego next Monday.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If you are getting 12 volts from the igniton wire, and you are getting 12 volts from the battery wires and your battery is fine. Then I would say it's a faulty starter that's working when it wants to.

    You cleaned the surface where the starter mounts to the block?
     
  3. Cougar125

    Cougar125 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I'll pull it again and buff the mounting surfaces.

    I got off the phone with a friend of mine. He says
    Well, seeing as how I don't have the money to go buy a new starter, I want to see if there is something else I might try and look at before throwing money into this pit.
     
  4. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I am leaning toward a bad starter also if all of your wires are giving the correct voltage.

    You could take it apart and check contacts and such, but Autozone sells a good starter for a decent price. Less then $50 I think and lifetime warranty.
     
  5. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Just checked, part number DL3510S for $44.99 with a core swap.

    That's the one I use in the camaro and it's been good.

    Alternator on the other hand keep crapping out on me though.
     
  6. Knuckle Dragger

    Knuckle Dragger Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Pull the starter and take the solenoid off. Make sure there is nothing built up between the solenoid and plunger (I've seen some sort of white powder corrosion more than once). If you can, take the solenoid apart and clean the contacts inside. Crap builds up and you get this issue. Cleaning it all up may get you back on the road cheap.

    You used to be able to buy a solenoid separate for about $10 at the chain parts stores. Back in the day they always came separate.
     
  7. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Most chain store don't even carry just the solenoid. But i think NAPA does.
     
  8. Knuckle Dragger

    Knuckle Dragger Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That makes me feel old.

    I'll bet a good cleaning will take care of the issues.
     
  9. gordonquixote

    gordonquixote Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Do you hear the solenoid 'click' when you turn the key?
     
  10. 79camaro2001

    79camaro2001 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I remember them doing this back in high school cause i rebuilt a starter, but you had to order it. Most chains will order it, but i was just saying they don't carry them on the shelf.
     

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