My engine will not crank over but I did everything

Tiny
LILDIPPER513
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  • 2007 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 140,000 MILES
I drove home from work and the next morning went to leave for work and my car wouldn’t start. I can hear the starter click when I turn the key but nothing happens. I put a new battery in it and also new fuse for relay. The dash lights and everything work but my locks don’t work and trunk won’t open.
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Sunday, October 25th, 2020 AT 10:24 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

Are the lock issues something that started at the same time as the other issue?

As far as the no start, if the starter is just giving you a click and the battery is new (terminals are clean and tight), then there is a good chance the starter has failed.

Take a look through this link and let me know if it helps:

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

Since you hear the starter click, reconfirm that all connections are clean and tight. If they are, I would remove the starter and have it bench tested at a parts store. Most will do it for free. If it is determined the starter is bad, here is a link that explains in general how one is replaced. If you provide the engine size, I can get you the directions specific to your vehicle.

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

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe

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Monday, October 26th, 2020 AT 11:55 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply, yes the issue with the locks and windows started at the same time. I will try to get the starter tested soon as possible and I ll post the engine size soon. Also not sure if it would matter but I forgot to mention the starter was replaced last year not sure how long they usually last.
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 AT 8:19 PM
Tiny
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Had someone come and look at it, they tried to start it from the fuse box and the engine was trying to start but when I try to start it with the key it does nothing.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 AT 7:31 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

It sounds like they were jumping it at the starter relay. If the starter engaged, then the starter itself is good. Chances are the relay is bad or there even could be a blown fuse.

Let me know the engine size. It will either be a 3.5L, a 3.9L, or a 5.3L V8.

If you look at the pic I attached, it is for the 3.5L V6. I highlighted the starter fuse and relay. Now, if he jumped the red and purple wire in the relay connector, then the fuse is good. That leaves the relay or a signal issue from the ECM or a bad ground for the relay.

If you look at pic 2, it shows the under hood fuse box. I highlighted the fuse and the relay. If you find the engine is a 3.5L, check that fuse. If it is good, remove the relay and switch it with a different one in the box that has the same part number. Or, here is a link that shows how to check a relay:

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

Also, when checking the fuse, confirm power to it and out from it. Here is a link showing how that is done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

Let me know what you find.

Joe

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply. I will check the fuses and try to get a video of what it s doing as soon as possible. 3.6L v6 engine.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 AT 2:38 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

Sounds like a plan. However, I am not showing a 3.6L as an option for this vehicle. See the attached.

Let me know.
Joe
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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3.5L v6 I apologize about that.
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Thursday, November 5th, 2020 AT 5:55 AM
Tiny
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Just uploaded 2 videos of what it does when I try using the key to start it and then videos of me trying to start it from the fuse box.
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Thursday, November 5th, 2020 AT 6:40 AM
Tiny
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Were you able to check the fuse and relay?

Joe
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Thursday, November 5th, 2020 AT 3:42 PM
Tiny
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I put a new relay fuse in, but still same issue.
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Sunday, November 8th, 2020 AT 6:59 AM
Tiny
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Okay, I have a feeling either the ignition switch is bad or the body control module. Take a look at the pic below. I need you to locate the body control module under the dash (left side). I need you to check for a voltage signal from the switch to the BCM (white wire).

Let me know.

Joe
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Sunday, November 8th, 2020 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
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Sorry for the delay but I finally figured it out. It was the module. Thanks for the help and I appreciate your time.
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 AT 8:15 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

You are very welcome. Please feel free to come back anytime in the future if you need help.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 AT 3:59 PM
Tiny
SHPSAMUELS
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Will not crank when key is turned all electrical work and there is no sign of power drain
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Saturday, March 6th, 2021 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KEN L
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Hello,

It sounds like you have a starter that is out and needs to be replaced or you have a security light flashing?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-security-system

If not here is a guide that will help you see how to confirm the failure by testing the trigger side of the starter. 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. If you do, have the starter checked. If there isn't that much power, check the starter relay, and the ignition switch.

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

Check the starter relay as well. Here is how to change the starter on your car.

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

Check out the diagrams (Below) Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, March 6th, 2021 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JDTURNER75
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  • 6 CYL
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  • 168,000 MILES
Ok when I picked up the car battery was dead took charge n wouldnt start or shift into Neutral I replaced the transmission its not starting took apart shifter n manually got it to shift into neutral but wont start starter is working outside the transmission took it out and used jumper cables and it done what its supposed to but still isnt starting any suggestions?
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Saturday, March 6th, 2021 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Have you checked to see if there is power to the solenoid when the key is in the start position?
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Saturday, March 6th, 2021 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Yes it has power going to the solenoid it even sparks trying to cross out starter it clicks but won't start
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Saturday, March 6th, 2021 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I need to make sure you understood my question. By jumping the starter with a screwdriver or something like that, you are transferring power from the larger wire (direct from the battery) to the solenoid. So it will appear that it has power. The solenoid wire, the smaller one, shouldn't have power until the key is in the start position. If that is what you found, the starter should engage unless there is a bad connection at the battery, at which point, you will hear a click and nothing more.

Again, if the larger wire from the battery is clean, tight, and in good condition, and the smaller wire to the solenoid only gets power when the key is in the start position, it should work unless the starter itself is bad.
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Saturday, March 6th, 2021 AT 5:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
GRANTTOFTE
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I tried jumping it with no luck. What to do? I am not getting any power whatsoever in my car. I tightened the terminals because they were loose and tried to start it, I got power and it sounded like it was about to start but it just clicked once then everything went dead and my key is stuck in the ignition as well. I heard and felt a clicking noise in my fuse box, on the pwr trn/etc fuse. I am told this is a relay problem. I have also had problems with a knocking noise under my glove box, which I have found out is an actuator. It knocks at any time, even when the car is off. And it is doing it a lot more lately. Its an Impala ss if that helps.
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