1996 Chevy Blazer I think it's my starter.

Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Chevy Blazer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic

I have a 96 chevy blazer, and it won't start back up after driving to a place. If I turn the engine off it takes awhile to start back up, my husband says it the starter because it makes a clicking noise as I turn the ignition over. But I think it has to do with something else. Please help, my grandmother gave me that truck and I don't want to junk it. Also the ignition chime never goes off is there a fuse? Thanks so much!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 8:41 AM

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If you mean the starter only clicks and after you turn the key a few times it then starts up, it may be a bad battery cable connection, bad starter or bad ignition switch. Load test the battery, Remove and clean the battery cables on both ends and check the ground cables and straps as well. Any rust or corrosion could also cause your problem.

As for the chime there is a small switch mounted on the ignition cylinder. It just snaps in place and could be damaged. It is easy to get to. If you look under the plastic trim panel on the steering column you will find two screws. Take them out and gently remove the trim cover. There are two tabs in the front and two in the back that are easily broken. Now you will see the two Torx head screws that secure the top trim panel. Remove them and gently remove that trim.
Now if you look at the spot where you insert the key you will find a small switch that sits in a hole in the lock cylinder. It is retained by a small stub of plastic. Release the clip and pull the switch out. With it pulled out the chime should stay off. If it doesn't the switch is probably bad. The easy solution is to just clip one of the wires and tape it to prevent a short. If you still want the key chime to operate you would need a replacement switch. About the only place to find one reasonable is probably a salvage yard.
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Saturday, October 25th, 2008 AT 9:36 AM

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