97 PONTIAC TRANSPORT

  • Tiny
  • mel_y
  • 1997 Pontiac Transport
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • automatic
  • 141,000 miles

I have a 97 pontiac transport and sometimes it wont start up the alternator is good just replaced the battery when u put the key in the lights come on but it wont crank over but if you jump it off it starts right up

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 8:45 PM

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  • Docfixit
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Has battery been tested?

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 8:48 PM
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Yea the battery was perfect and I had the alternator tested also it was good to. This is the second battery I have replaced

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 8:51 PM
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When you state "does not crank over" does starter operate but engine won't fire and run? Or does starter operate slower than normal like draging?

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 8:55 PM
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When I put the key in and turn it over it clicks thats all but all the lights are on and sometimes when it does start up it tries to die.

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 9:37 PM
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Double check the battery condition and connections. Get a helper to hold key at cranking position while you tap on the starter motor-did it engage the engine-if not jump the starter motor solenoid with a screwdriver see if it kicks over-Let us know

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 9:59 PM
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The battery is completely dead, the starter is cranking over like it wants to start, and I did the motor solenoid and it works perfect if the battery isn't dead but the battery has to be jumped off the battery also has developed a big bulge on the side of it. I believe its either the connection to the started that could be corroded or its something running the battery dead but I have no idea what it could be all the lights and everything stay off. Something is running the battery dead every time it sits for more than 15 mins.

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 AT 10:05 PM
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Big bulge on the battery means the battery is defective, Get a new one and try it again.

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 AT 4:24 AM
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Tried it again battery is still doing the same thing it keeps dying something is causing the battery to run dead and when I keep jumping it off thats what the bulge is from, having to start the battery up every time I get in it to start it up. I dont know going to try replacing the starter if thats not it, I am assuming its electrical some where

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 AT 7:47 PM
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Do a battery drainage test before you replace the starter motor

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 AT 7:56 PM

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