No crank no start issue

Tiny
MARCUSMADRIGALES13
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  • 1979 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 2WD
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  • 563,474 MILES
So I have a problem with my car where when I try turning my ignition to start my car it won’t turn over at all, but my radio and dash lights turn on. My headlights also work. My battery is brand new and is fully charged, terminals are also good, I also checked all my fuses and I have no problems. What could the problem be?
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 AT 11:36 AM

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Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello, I'm Danny.

Does the engine crank over and just not start? Or, Does the engine do nothing? If the engine does nothing then you might be having an issue with the starter motor solenoid. Here is a tutorial for that issue:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-starter-and-solenoid-works

If the engine actually cranks over but doesn't start then we need to see if its getting spark and fuel. Here is the tutorial for that.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Get back to us after looking at this and we'll go from there. Hope this helps and thanks for using 2CarPros.
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 AT 11:51 AM
Tiny
MARCUSMADRIGALES13
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Yes, my engine doesn t do nothing at all. So how would I go about checking my starter motor solenoid?
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Thursday, October 15th, 2020 AT 10:55 AM
Tiny
4DRTOM
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Hello,

So your not getting any action at the starter and no clicking sounds? If your dash lights don't dim out when in the crank position your connections are probably good and your looking at the ignition switch, the starter relay or the starter solenoid most likely. Do you have a test light? Did this issue happen over night or have you been having trouble lately. Is it a regular driver? I'm assuming it has a v8 350 motor. Nice old ride for sure. Anyway get down to the starter and use the test light on the smaller wire going to it and have someone turn the key if the light goes on you need a new starter. If it doesn't let me know and we can go farther to see why.
Tom
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Thursday, October 15th, 2020 AT 10:01 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

Some auto parts stores will check your starter motor and solenoid assembly for free. Here are a few tutorials showing what is involved for removal and replacement and descriptions:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-starter-and-solenoid-works

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

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

Let us know what happens after testing and we'll go from there. Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.

Danny-

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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 6:50 PM

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