1986 Chevy Celebrity Will Not Start

Tiny
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1986 Chevy Celebrity 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 108K miles

So the Celebrity has had this problem starting that had been progressively getting worse over 4 month culminating in the car not starting at all.

When I turn the ignition, there is simply one click at the starter, but then nothing.

The initial problem was that it would need more time for the engine to turn over, so I replaced the battery. After this, the car started fine for about two weeks, then the car wouldn't start, and there was no power, but the battery was running hot at almost 14 V, so I assumed it was a connection problem. I cleaned the battery terminals and reinstalled the battery, and the car started up fine.

Then a different turning over issue began where it would click once and nothing would happen. It would start upon the next attempt. Then it would take more attempts for the car to start and now the car does not start at all.

While poking around checking connections, I notice that the ground on the starter that I replaced last year was pretty loose and that the entire starter had somehow loosened. I retightened it, but the same thing happens. The starter clicks once, but then nothing.

I'm out of ideas. What do you think?
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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 AT 2:19 PM

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Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/416332_1986_chevy_celebrity_starter_wire_diagram_1.jpg


First of all thank you so much for your donation.It sound's like a bad starter.Make sure your battery cables are clean and tight and your battery is fully charged.Now go to the starter have someone turn the key to the start position while you check for battery voltage at the little purple wire to the starter.Also check and see that the large battery cable is tight on the starter and has battery voltage to it.If all that is good then i would say you have a bad starter.I Also emailed you the starter wire diagram.Let me know what you find.Also when someone turn's the key to the start position try taping on the starter with a hammer and see if the starter kick's over.
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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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Sorry, I forgot to mention. I did yank out the starter and got it checked. It passed all the tests.

Prior to getting it tested though, I did have my friend check the voltage at both those points when I had the key turned, and it was getting voltage.
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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 AT 3:04 PM
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Emailed you a different copy of the wire diagram I hope you can see it better. If you have power to those two wire's and the starter test's good then that starter should be turning the engine over. What is the voltage to those to wire's with the key in the start position?Have you checked your negative battery cable to make sure it had a good connection to the body?It sound's like your starter was failing over time and when it got hot the starter only clicked. Usually when you just get a click from the starter that's the solenoid clicking and getting power to move the solenoid and the solenoid isn't getting power to the starter or the power is going to the starter but the starter has just failed. That's why I asked you to put the key in the start position while the starter was clicking and tap on the starter with a hammer and see if the starter kick's over. Let me know what you find.
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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 AT 12:49 PM
Tiny
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Yea, just tried tapping the starter as my friend turned the key. No go.

I did notice that when I was under the car, and he turned the key there was first a hum from the general area of the starter, and when he released the key that the clicking seemed to come more from where the flywheel is at.

Haven't gotten a voltage meter yet. Will report with more info.
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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 AT 4:48 PM
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Alright keep me updated.
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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 AT 3:06 PM
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Any other ideas on what it might be?
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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 AT 4:45 PM
Tiny
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So far I think bad starter or not enough voltage going to the starter.I will have more idea's when I get the voltage's to those two wire's to the starter from you.
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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 AT 6:07 PM

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