Engine won't crank over?

Tiny
MARIAS5
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU
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Replaced the starter and the engine still won, t turnover.
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 AT 3:19 PM

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Tiny
FIXITMR
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Hello,

It sounds like you have a starter relay that is not working here are two guides to help us get started and the relay location and starter wiring diagrams so you can see how the4 system works below.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what you find. We are interested to see what it is.
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 AT 3:46 PM
Tiny
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Yes dash lights come on. There is a picture of the engine that appears when I try to start it. Tried in neutral and still wont start.
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 AT 5:32 PM
Tiny
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When trying to start, check for voltage at starter solenoid ignition wire.
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 AT 5:58 PM
Tiny
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I got a new relay for $24.00 all fixed.
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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 AT 4:15 PM
Tiny
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Nice work, we are here to help, please use 2CarPros anytime.
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 AT 7:47 PM
Tiny
REYNOLDSCLARK
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The car will not turn over, battery is good. All the light come on. Turn key light go out in the dash, let go of the switch light back on.
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:05 AM (Merged)
Tiny
HMAC300
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Try a security system reset it may have engaged. See picture and link. attached one of these should work to start it. If not then have an assistant try to start and hit the body of starter with a hammer if it starts the starter is bad.
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-security-system
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:05 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MICLOU513
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My car will not crank this morning. The battery is fine, per the radio, lights and auto locks are on. Help! 2004 Chevy Malibu
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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It takes a lot more power to operate the starter than any of those other things so you still should have the battery checked. Try shifting it into neutral to see if that helps. Otherwise the circuit is going to have to be tested to determine where it is being lost.

Check this guide out

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

Please run down these guides and report back.
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
OKOYA
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I just put in a rebuilt starter but the starter starts but car won't crank
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Very confusing, Is the car a no crank, or a crank no start, go here to assist you: http: https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-engine-will-not-crank-over or here: https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start check these out to determine which you have.
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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Wrong or
Defective starter
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Sounds more like your starter overrunning clutch is slipping the fix is starter motor replacement
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
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JOSEPH KELLERHALS
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Once in a while my Malibu will not turn over at all. I turn the key and the starter does nothing. The battery is new, the dash lights come on, the running lamps come on, but the starter does nothing. The transmission is in park.

After towing the car from my garage to the shop, it started first try for the mechanic. He can't figure out the problem. Could there be an electrical problem that was fixed by moving the car? This has happened twice in two months and will probably happen again.
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
EUGENE123
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Sounds like to me that your starter solenoid is going out because sometimes they work and sometimes they dont when there going bad
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
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POONEWZ
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2003 chevy malibu won't crank. Drove around about 30 minutes, came home got ready to leave 15 min later wouldn't crank. All lights and radio on, no theft system issue. Simply quiet. Some reason passenger rear door was open, closed it. Closed driver door turned key. Car started. Drove around 45 mins to an hour stopped at five or six places, got in car started. Got gas drove about 26 miles parked car sit for about 30 min left, engine started. Went about 1/2 mile came back turned off car. Waited about 10 mins. Tried to start again, no sound. Slammed all doors. Don't know why. Turned key, car started. Drove 2 miles to food spot parked, turned off car, tried to turn right back on, wouldn't start, no sound nothing. Hasn't started since. Could this be the starter or fuel pump? HELP
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
DAVE H
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Sounds like a starter motor issue. Try tapping the starter motor with a hammer and checking wiring. Or replace starter motor
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Thanks Dave. Will check that and see what happens.I'll keep you posted
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
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MIKETS1224
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My 2003 Malibu will not start. I try starting it up and it seems like it just won't turn over. I checked the battery and its not that. When I try to start it the engine just shakes. I want to know what the problem could be best and worst case. And how much it will cost to repair worst case.

Thank you
Mike
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Check to see if you are getting fuel to the engine. Turn the key on but not to start an listen if the fuel pump is working.
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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 AT 11:06 AM (Merged)

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