2001 Chevy Venture starting

Tiny
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET VENTURE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 11,000 MILES
When the ignition is switched to the first poisition all electrical devices are functioning, then when it is turned to start the engine, there are three rapid clicks and all electrical devices are dead and the car does not start (as if the battery is dead). Turn the switch back to the off position. Turn it back to the first position and evervything is back to normal, continue to the start position three rapid clicks and the process starts all over again. What could be the problem? Solenoid? Starter?
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Saturday, March 6th, 2010 AT 11:58 AM

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Tiny
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Yes that is mostlikely the problem, but before we condemn the starter, clean all posts off the batter of any corrosion, make sure the wires are tight too, check alternator connections also, then try to start in neutral, and try to get a jump start, and let me know what happens
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Saturday, March 6th, 2010 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
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I have a similar issue with my 2001 Chevy Venture, last year we had a friend look at it and he found the "fuse wire" running form the battery to the fuse box inside (below the dashboard) on the passenger side, was corroded. We had a new battery installed about 2 months ago, my brother in law found that the positive cable of the battery was not tightened properly (which he tightened), now we have another issue: We went to go start the van, and heard one click and that was it. Waited about an hour and the van started right away, the next day started like a champ, the next day turned the ignition the rear air compressor went on and heard one click, waited for the compressor to go off and it started. Today same thing. Turned the ignition, compressor on / off, after about 5 minutes it started. Any thoughts? I'll gladly replace the starter if it saves me the hassle of guessing from day to day if the van will start.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 3:23 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the solenoid on the starter is bad, the clicks is the starter relay. So that works, but your starter solenoid is no good which means, a new starter
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 AT 5:56 AM

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