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CHEVROLET VAN BATTERY PROBLEM

1990 Chevrolet Van • 135,000 miles

CHEV MARK 3 CONVERSION VAN STARTER WAS KILLING BATTERY BY JUST TURNING REAL SLOWLY UNTIL ENGINE STARTED. CHECKED BATTERY OK, TRIED JUMPING SAME THING, REPLACED STARTER MOTOR WITH A NAPA REBUILT, NOW WHEN I TURN THE KEY NOTHING HAPPENS, SOLENOID NOT KICKING IN, SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO CHECK STARTER TO MAKE SURE IT IS OK AND WHAT TO CHECK NEXT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS
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Chorsken
November 14, 2012.



For the initial problem it could be a poor ground circuit connection. Ensure the ground cable from battery to trasmission is tight and secure. Clean the battery terminals and retighten them.
Don't be surprised if the rebuilt is the one causing the new problem.
Disconnect the starter solenoid wire and get someone to turn the ignition switch to crank position while you test the wire for battery voltage.
Use a remote wire to apply battery voltage to the starter solenoid to test if the starter works.

KHLow2008
Nov 14, 2012.