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1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette - No crank


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jhill5555
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Feb 27, 2016, 8:45 AM

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1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette - No crank Sign In

Van started struggling to start a few days ago. Got worse until it quit yesterday. Tried jumping, but no go. Checked voltage and battery shows 13 amps. So, as I was jumping, got clicking at first then, slowed to the point where it wouldnt even click. I'm thinking starter, but the fading clicking has me worried. And, frankly, the starter is easier to take out than the battery. Any suggestions?


Tom Greenleaf
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Feb 27, 2016, 10:42 AM

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Re: 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette - No crank Sign In

You must mean 13Volts? Does it stay at 13 when trying to crank?
At a minimum you need to begin with clean terminals at the battery and at the starter.


What is this noise you hear? Rapid fire clicking at the starter? Then battery isn't delivering proper power. 13V is an odd reading for a battery that isn't just charged up and you should as the GM sideposts too can corrode the eyelet ends of cables and if checking the bolts you aren't reading what the starter is getting,


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Feb 27, 2016, 11:25 AM

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Yes, you need a real test on that battery. There is something wrong there.



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Feb 27, 2016, 12:50 PM

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Sure you meant volts.

(1) Put your volt meter across the battery terminals and have someone attempt to crank the engine.
(2) If you see the voltage drop below 10 volts, have the battery tested and be sure the battery terminals are clean and not leaking.
(3) If it stays above 10 volts, measure the voltage down at the starter where the battery cable connects to the starter solenoid with your black meter lead connected to battery negative. It should stay above 10 volts while someone cranks it.
(4) If it doesn't, you have a problem in the positive battery cable or a poor connection on the cable ends.
(5) If it stays above 10 volts, take your red meter lead with the negative lead still connected to battery negative and touch the starter motor housing while someone is attempting to crank the engine.
(6) If the voltage is below or around 0.5 volts, needs a starter.
(7) If it is above 0.5 volts, you have a poor ground circuit.

**It is important to make sure the battery is good before taking your measurements.**





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Feb 27, 2016, 12:52 PM)


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Feb 27, 2016, 12:58 PM

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Re: 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette - No crank Sign In

IDK but think OP is going by the dash gauge? If so that isn't going to help with fixing this OP,


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Feb 27, 2016, 1:03 PM

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If he is using the dash gauge, he won't get too far troubleshooting it...lol





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