Starter not working

Tiny
RMINNITI
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  • 1994 PLYMOUTH ACCLAIM
  • 2.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 95,000 MILES
Hi my name is rich my car wont start. Theres a clicking sound coming from starter relay but. Not the. Actual starter. The starter makes no sounds. So I replaced the battery thinking not enough power. But nothing changed. So then I took a piece of wire and jumped the starter relay and you can hear the starter motor spinning. So could it be the relay and the starter solenoid is bad. Any thoughts would be much appreciated thanks in advance
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Thursday, April 9th, 2015 AT 8:08 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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First let me be sure we're talking about the right parts. The starter relay is in the under-hood fuse box and is rather hard to hear. The starter solenoid is built into the starter and commonly makes a single, rather loud clunk, but the starter wont spin the engine. Where exactly did you jump, and if the starter was spinning, was it cranking the engine? It sounds like the neutral safety switch may have failed here it the starter wiring diagrams so you can see how the system works.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

See where you are loosing power. Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what you find. We are interested to see what it is.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015 AT 8:34 PM
Tiny
RMINNITI
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Thanks for responding there are multiple relays under hood against fire wall on drivers side next to battery. When turning key. Starter relay will make a click sound each time I move the key to start it. The relays on my car are little black boxes that looks like little electrical plugs but not like a fuse or fuse box i. I checked out the neutral safety and it was bad I got new one and BAM all fixed!
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Thursday, April 9th, 2015 AT 8:55 PM
Tiny
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Glad you could get it fixed, that kind of problem can be tough. Please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.
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Saturday, April 11th, 2015 AT 1:28 AM
Tiny
MDM
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I had this problem it was the neutral safety switch
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM
Tiny
BATMANMC
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  • 1993 PLYMOUTH ACCLAIM
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The car will not turn over, I have replaced the alternator about 2 months ago and just replaced the battery yesterday. When you turn the key the car will not make any noise as far as the starter. The radio, lights ect will come on but will not start? What could be causing my car not to start?
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RIVERMIKERAT
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Check for power to the starter and starter solenoid. If both have power, replace the starter. If not, determine why.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BATMANMC
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Ok next question where would the starter and starter solenoid be found out on the car?
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RIVERMIKERAT
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The solenoid is mounted on the starter. The starter is a black and silver/grey part that is round and mounted on the side of the engine where it meets the transmission. Follow the big red wire from the battery. It's usually down low, where it can be removed from underneath. I can't find any pictures showing where it is, and I've slept a few times since my last Plymouth Acclaim starter job.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WHEELER8201
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Hi, I have 1993 Plymouth Acclaim, I drove it to work the other day and it ran fine but when I got off work it wouldn't start. When I turn the key to start I get nothing. I have checked the battery, the relays, and the fuse links, they all seem good.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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I'd have to be sure the battery has a full charge and all the connections are good. Did you try cranking in neutral? Check for voltage at the starter relay, when testing, make sure the tranny is in park or neutral and a functional e-brake is set. At the relay, red wire is hot/voltage all the time. Yellow wire goes hot with key in the crank position.


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/170934_acclaim_starter_wiring_1.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/170934_plymouth_acclaim_relay_1.jpg

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WHEELER8201
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Tested the relay, I get voltage to the yellow wire when I crank but the relay doesn't click. Tested a couple of the other relays they do the same.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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What about the red wire should be hot all the time?
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WHEELER8201
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Yes red wire always had power.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Sorry, yes the red wire is always hot.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
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DDAWSON24550
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While driving down the road, without warning, it cuts off. If you are still rolling and in gear and the key remains on, it will come back on sometimes. Most of the time you have to pull over and try for 10+ minutes before it will restart. Turns over fine, just wont start for a while. This happens whether the engine is hot or cold. Also, it seems to go in and out of overdrive alot. I just replaced the governor/solenoid pack. It does better now, but still not exactly right. I don't know if these 2 problems are related. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi:
Going in and out of OD is common when you get around 40+MPH. On the other hand, the shut down is not. Have you had the fuel pump pressure checked? Does it seem to die mor often under a load (like going up a long hill)? One final question. Have you had the computer scanned for codes?

Joe
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JDL
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The ground for the coil side of relay is through the neutral switch. No ground, the relay won't energize. If you use a jumper on the left side of relay picture between red wire and brown wire, the starter should crank. You don't have to use the key. If it still won't crank, have the starter tested. Some of the national brand autostores will test the starter for you. Yeah, you have to take it off and take it to them.

Any testing at the relay, make sure the tranny is in park or neutral and the e-brake is set. I got nothing else, have a good day.
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Havent had fuel pump checked, but the timing is not so much under a load. It cut off once up a hill, other times just going down the road at normal speeds and/or at idle at a stop light. 4 times in the yard. Had the codes checked; none in the computer. I guess my next step will be to have the fuel pump/pressures checked. Thanks for the advise!
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WHEELER8201
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I tried that and the starter cranks, I was thinking maybe ECM. Thankyou
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Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 AT 7:03 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hi:
Let me know what you find. The best time to do it would be when it won't start. Also, make sure you're geting spark to the plugs when it dies.
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