1997 Chevy Astro 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 324k miles
1997 Chevy Astro, with a 4.3L and 324k on it. I know it's high mileage, but it's a wheelchair van and my only option right now.
The starter on this van was already going out. It would engage and crank the engine about 1 out of every 10 turns of the key, on average. The rest of the time, just spinning freely.
So, the other day my wife ran completely out of fuel. She put some in (not sure how much). Then tryed to start the car, but now the starter is grinding very badly. So she has it towed home to me.
The tow truck driver tells me he saw a bolt under the van when he pulled it up onto his truck, and it's probably a starter mounting bolt, hence the starter grinding. After he leaves, I crawl under and sure enough, one of the mounting bolts has broken off. So I reach up and wiggle the starter to see how loose it was. Barely moved at all, but enough to cause a spark as the lead touched something.
So I replace the starter with a used one from a junkyard, but I break off the smallest of three posts on the solenoid (it was rusty, I swear). So I switch solenoids with the starter I just took off. All seemed well until when I reattach the negative battery cable, the starter motor kicks in. Oops! I crossed the wires. So I uncross them, and bolt it back together.
The new (to me) starter works great, it turns the engine over with no problems every time I turn the key. However, the van won't start. I put a gallon of gas in it, but still doesn't fire up. So I put four more gallons in it. Still nothing.
I sprayed some starter fluid into the intake. I know I'm not supposed to, but I wanted to know if it would fire, before replacing the fuel filter. It did, so I changed the fuel filter.
Still doesn't start. That's about where my experience ends, so. What should I try next? Did I do something when I crossed the wires?
have the same problem?
Monday, November 30th, 2009 AT 11:56 AM