2002 Buick Century Car will not turn over and start

Tiny
CLAYTD
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  • 2002 BUICK CENTURY
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,000 MILES
I recently replaced the battery in the car but the engin will not turn over and start however the lights and radio still come on.
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Friday, October 2nd, 2009 AT 12:29 PM

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Tiny
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Is the starter working?
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Friday, October 2nd, 2009 AT 1:00 PM
Tiny
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Not sure if it is the starter or the alternator. There has not been any warning signs up to this point.
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 AT 9:09 AM
Tiny
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Hi:
the alt will cause the battery to fail, but I needed to know if the starter is working. Does it turn the engine?
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 AT 9:14 PM
Tiny
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I think it may be the starter as you mentioned. I was able to start the car today. When I turned the key I held it for a long period of time of silence then after trying several times the engine finely fired up.
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 AT 10:01 PM
Tiny
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I need you to try something so we can confirm this. When it doesn't start, have a helper turn the key to the start position while you check for power to the smaller wire on the starter.

You should have 12+ volts at that point. If you do, then the starter needs replaced. If there is no power, replace the starter relay. It's a cheap part and takes about 30 seconds to replace. If that doesn't take care of it, then we need to check the ignition switch itself. Not a fun job.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 AT 10:26 PM
Tiny
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I have the same problem with my century sometimes it starts and sometimes it doesnt.I replaced the starter and it continues to not start sometime. What could be the problem
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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 AT 12:02 PM
Tiny
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Have you checked for power as described in the prior posting?
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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 AT 12:45 PM

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