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  1. Jock Hiltz

    Jock Hiltz Junior Member

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    my 318 first gen won't start... solenoid clicks but that is it. I pulled the starter off and bench tested it and it performed as should, I tried a fresh battery and replaced the starter relay... I also ran a ground from the battery to the starter incase it had a bad ground. Still only get the click and that's it... thoughts?
     
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    Check all your connections from the starter back to the battery. Sounds like you’re not getting voltage through somewhere
     
  3. Jock Hiltz

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    going through the diagrams now to see how many and where they are.
     
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    did you open the solenoid up when you had it off? good chance it may have worn contacts. if that is not the issue have you checked battery voltage? it sounds like the starter is not getting enough power which could be a low battery or bad contacts. there is no load on it while bench testing so doesn't require as much power.
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    Beyond supply voltage, it would help you to know what the starter is drawing (amps). If you don't have and/or can't acquire the means to check the draw, it might be approaching a dollars-to-donuts bet that the starter is done.
     
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    I put a fresh battery in it but didn't open the solenoid up... if the contact are worn is it just best to get a new starter?
     
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    hahaha I've replaced everything but the starter... I currently dont have an current meter... couple get a clamp over one from work... but if the current is off is it a new starter anyway?
     
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    thanks all for the replies, appreciate it.
     
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    i would still recommend checking the solenoid contacts before replacing the starter. they are the most common wear part on this style starter. usually the motors outlast a couple sets of contacts.
     
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    got it running... turned out to me a loose terminal on the starter... the one under the little plastic cap. thanks for all the input!
     

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