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Starting problems - kurtroh - 08-06-2012 12:37 PM

I have a 1998 Diamante 3.5 engine with 142000 on it. The car had been sitting idle for about a year. Recently, I tried to start it but I don't even get a click from the starter. I replaced the battery with a new one and replaced the batt. cable clamps. The radio and lights work when the key is in the start position. I've tried to jump the car by connecting the two starter terminals with a screwdriver and still nothing. I've tried tapping the starter with a hammer and still nothing. Once I return the key to the run position after attempting to start I hear a click from the relay switch/fuse box that is located in the engine compartment on the passenger side. I doo get a good spark down at the starter solinoid. I would like to know what my next steps could be. I don't want to buy a bunch of parts thant I don't really need. Any help would be greatfull.


RE: Starting problems - Garner - 08-06-2012 10:35 PM

I like that thinking. Find & fix the problem!

I would start by putting a socket on the damper pulley bolt and see if the engine locked up while sitting. If the engine isn't locked I would suspect the starter.

Please let us know what you find.


RE: Starting problems - kurtroh - 08-07-2012 04:06 PM

(08-06-2012 10:35 PM)Garner Wrote:  I like that thinking. Find & fix the problem!

I would start by putting a socket on the damper pulley bolt and see if the engine locked up while sitting. If the engine isn't locked I would suspect the starter.

Please let us know what you find.


I've checked the motor. It turns with the aide of a socket on the damper pully. I'm going to pull the starter off and inspect it and have it tested. Unless, you think it could be something else.


RE: Starting problems - Garner - 08-07-2012 09:47 PM

Providing that you have proper voltage to the starter, good ground & were jumping the correct terminals I would highly suspect the starter. Jumping the terminals eliminates the whole rest of the system except the battery and battery cables. Many parts stores will test it for free. Just remember to take the ground terminal off the battery before starting the job.

Thanks for the update. Please let us know how you make out.