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Starter reinstallation issues

naz235

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I had some issues with charging and starting, so being an overeager idiot, i took the battery, starter, and alternator to get tested all at once.

Alternator was shot, and had worn out my brand new battery, so 2 for 3. Starter was fine, but upon reinstalling the starter as I could remember how it went in, I found something to be amiss.

When I try to start it, i hear the starter spinning, but not actually catching the flywheel and turning the engine. I went and bought a remanufactured starter from Advance, and got the same problem.

The alternator is good, the battery is fresh, what could be causing two separate starters to not work properly? Did I reconnect the wires improperly
How its currently installed #1
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Different Angle
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How the old one looked after I tried to reinstall
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I'd recheck the wires. Way back in the 60s, I hooked up a starter wrong so it spun the wrong way, not sure if its applicable in your case or with newer vehicles; just a thought.
 

gmjunkie

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The alternator is good, the battery is fresh, what could be causing two separate starters to not work properly?
You have High Resistance GROUND or B+ connection.:thumb
 

LLC5

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I had some issues with charging and starting, so being an overeager idiot, i took the battery, starter, and alternator to get tested all at once.

Alternator was shot, and had worn out my brand new battery, so 2 for 3. Starter was fine, but upon reinstalling the starter as I could remember how it went in, I found something to be amiss.

When I try to start it, i hear the starter spinning, but not actually catching the flywheel and turning the engine. I went and bought a remanufactured starter from Advance, and got the same problem.

The alternator is good, the battery is fresh, what could be causing two separate starters to not work properly? Did I reconnect the wires improperly
How its currently installed #1
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Different Angle
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How the old one looked after I tried to reinstall
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It sounds like the solenoid is sending voltage to the starter armature but is not pulling in the starter drive plunger. Did you install the solenoid, or was it already installed? If you installed it, did you also install the spring?
 

naz235

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I'd recheck the wires. Way back in the 60s, I hooked up a starter wrong so it spun the wrong way, not sure if its applicable in your case or with newer vehicles; just a thought.


I'm a dope, I fixed it though. Turns out it had the battery jumper and the ground in the opposite order that they came off. Switched them and it turned over like a dream.

I probably didn't strictly need to replace the starter, but the new one kicks it over a whole hell of a lot better than the old one so I guess the old one was getting tired anyway.

I think they call that preventative maintainence.


In unrelated news, Prestone stop leak PS fluid works wonders on old 70s power steering systems.
 

LLC5

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I'm a dope, I fixed it though. Turns out it had the battery jumper and the ground in the opposite order that they came off. Switched them and it turned over like a dream.

I probably didn't strictly need to replace the starter, but the new one kicks it over a whole hell of a lot better than the old one so I guess the old one was getting tired anyway.

I think they call that preventative maintainence.


In unrelated news, Prestone stop leak PS fluid works wonders on old 70s power steering systems.



I am curious, did you say that the vehicle battery cables AND jumper battery were hooked up backwards? If so that would have created a lot of sparks and burned wires. Hopefully I read it wrong. :)
 

naz235

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I am curious, did you say that the vehicle battery cables AND jumper battery were hooked up backwards? If so that would have created a lot of sparks and burned wires. Hopefully I read it wrong. :)
no the battery cables connected to the battery itself were fine

I had the ground cable from the starter solenoid on top of the positive battery jumpers instead of below it on the post sticking out of the solenoid.


No wires to my knowledge were fried in this particular attempt at fixing it.
 

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