1995 Chevy Lumina not turning over

I have 1995 Chevy Lumina with 183,000 miles on it. When I turn the key their was no sould of any kind coming from under the hood. I then took the selenoid out and rplaced it. Now there is a strange noise like a cordless drill coming from under the hood. Since replacing the selenoid I have lost power to the radio, clock and the automatic trunk release. Does anyone have any suggestions.
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Monday, May 29th, 2006 AT 6:13 PM

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Sounds somewhat familiar.

Under the hood, right behind the windshield washer tank, is a fusebox that controls the starter, ignition system, headlights, signals and ABS. It also has an auxilery terminal for jump-starting, and a cable that runs directly to the battery.

Check the connections at this box. The cable to the battery is held down with a 15mm nut which may be loose. Below that connection is another cable that runs into the fuse box, which may also be loose. I had intermittent stalling and starting issues with my 95 Grand Prix (same under-hood layout), and that's what the trouble was. Clean off all the connections with a wire brush or sandpaper, tighten everything down and you MAY find that's the end of your problem.

Alternately, it is possible (according to a mechanic I deal with) that the wiring underneath this fuse box may be corroded - apparently this box is in a poor location which allows it to pick up road salt and such stuff. If the above fix doesn't work, you might want to have the fuse box checked for green wires (corroded copper), which could also be contributing to your troubles.

Finally, on the passenger side of the car, just forward of the wheel well, is another fuse box, and the one cable leading into it can also work loose and cause problems. Make sure it, as well as the driver-side box, has clean connections that are properly tightened down.

Good luck!
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