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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:21 AM   #31
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you are sure your battery is good right lol
It reads 12.5 volts. Never had a problem with it lol - I have no other way to test it besides try to jump it tomorrow

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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:22 AM   #32
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the ground path is the engine block.
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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:24 AM   #33
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the ground path is the engine block.
So should I just go ahead and test all 3, every combination?
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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:25 AM   #34
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give that small wire twelve volts, then the solenoid should energize and it should crank
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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:27 AM   #35
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that small wire is also the wire you should test to see if it has 12 volts when an assistant turns the key. That would check your ignition switch.
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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:28 AM   #36
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give that small wire twelve volts, then the solenoid should energize and it should crank
So I should give the bottom left one 12 volts from the positive on the battery terminal?

I've tried that and all it did was spark a little (it's in my original post)
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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:31 AM   #37
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so your lights are bright and battery connections are good? you most likely have a bad starter. assuming your battery is good lol. And yes if you did that give the little wire 12 volts that should energize the solenoid.
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Unread 01-22-2014, 01:34 AM   #38
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so your lights are bright and battery connections are good? you most likely have a bad starter. assuming your battery is good lol. And yes if you did that give the little wire 12 volts that should energize the solenoid.
Bright lights and good connections.

I will trying jumping it tomorrow.
If that fails, I will try to jump that little wire again.
And if that fails, I will replace my starter I suppose.

Thanks for your help!
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ok no problem.
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Unread 01-22-2014, 05:04 AM   #40
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All my bets are on the battery. It's been cold and batteries don't appreciate cold weather very well, especially if they are older and on their way out. You might have 12.5V without any draw on that battery but the second you hit that key, voltage falls.
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Unread 01-22-2014, 10:59 AM   #41
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Okay, I'll try to jump it first. I'll check for voltage drop when I'm trying to start it first though
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Unread 01-22-2014, 03:32 PM   #42
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Well jumping it didn't work. I used a dmm and it didn't hardly move when trying to start it. After work tonight I will pull the starter off and take it to auto zone tomorrow to test it, if they do that. If it's bad, then I'll get a new one and hopefully it fixes my problem.
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Unread 01-23-2014, 12:23 AM   #43
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I just managed to get it off, even with the temperature currently at -18 degrees with wind chill... Can't feel fingers or toes or butt because I had to lay in my apartment's parking lot which isn't plowed on my back. Why the hell would it have 3 different bolts sizes though? (9/16", 5/16", and 15mm) So stupid... At least it'll be worth it if it fixes the problem.
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Unread 01-23-2014, 12:56 PM   #44
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Man, that sucks. I hope that your problem is the starter and a new one gets you back in the seat and off of the ground.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 01:47 PM   #45
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I replaced the starter yesterday and it started right up. Thanks for everyone's advice and knowledge.
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