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Old 03-15-2008, 08:57 PM
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90,000miles. 2.2L engine. Was returning home from about an hour drive. Stopped at a steak house to eat and when I went to leave it wouldn't start. Here's what happens. I turn the key to on, llights and gauges activate, stereo lights up, everythign is bright and appears to have plenty of power. I turn the key to start and nothing happes. No noises other a few clicks from the 4 little relays on the firewall, but only two of them are clicking. I played musical relays and made sure they clicked when in those two positions, so I think they are ok. I was told the 97 s10 doesn't have a starter relay...but that was from an autozone guy, so I'm not so sure. Also I did try to start it in neutral and it acted the same (advice from friends something about a neutral switch that sits on the tramsmission). Checked all the battery connections and all fuse links inside and out....everything was fine. I'm thinking starter solenoid, but would give symptoms, and how would I narrow it down to that? Any other thoughts. Thanks so much for the help. I'm hoping to get going by monday so I can get to
Old 03-22-2008, 09:26 PM
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You soundpretty good withmechanics so im guessing that youve done the standard check list every guy would do in that Its obviously electrical, the starter would be my first guess. Thats a tough troubleshoot you got there.
Old 03-22-2008, 10:07 PM
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Id say starter but that neutral switch is a possibility. You might get the starter to work a few more times by tapping it with a hammer or something. What ever you can hit it with thats hard. Tap it and try it do it a bunch of times its worked for me for like a week before. Hit the solenoid.
Old 03-23-2008, 08:03 PM
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Thank you for the responses. I did eventually figure it out. It was the starter. I wasn't able to remove it and had to take to a shop to actually get replaced. The guy only charged me $75 for the labor since I already had most of the work done lol. I tried even removing the fly wheel cover, but one of the bolts had the head rounded off....apparantly from a previous attempt from another owner.
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