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    Default How to force my starter motor?

    So my starter just died, out of nowhere. No issues or trouble starting it all day today. But once I got home I parked and was going to leave again after an hour or so then my starters dead. Not even a click. Anyone have an idea as to how I can ghetto start my truck? The starters in a P.I.T.A. position and i cant figure out how to do the ol screwdriver trick. Any ideas until I can go get a new one?
    1999 Silverado Z71

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    Jr. Engineer Jaele's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    Fairfield CA


    wack it with a tire iron.

    Are you sure its the starter?
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    Yea I got full electrical and light. But I dont even get a click or any noise when I try to turn it over

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    Jr. Engineer poncho62's Avatar
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    Hanover, Ont, Canada


    Tapping with something (tire iron, hammers) sometimes works....It could also be that your neutral switch has slipped.....Put it in neutral and try it,,,,wiggle shifter around a bit while doing that...foot on brake

    Failing that, take starter off and test it

    1997 GMC

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    Yep, could be the starter, could also be a number of other things.
    - a loose connection
    - a broken wire.
    - a bad starter relay
    - a blown starter relay fuse.
    - as @poncho62 suggested, a bad Park/Neutral switch
    - as he also implied, maybe you don't have the shifter in P, or N.
    - a bad ignition switch.

    As you can see, the list is/can be a long one. A meter is a good tool to figure out what is wrong.

    '09 Avalanche LTZ - Black
    '05 Envoy XL (sold)

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    Found my problem. Definitely a connection issue, one of the wires going to my solenoid was completely cut in half.......not sure exactly how that happened. New wire should help fix it, tested the starter itself and its all good.

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    Everythings all fixed! Spliced in a new wire and wrapped everything with lots of electrical tape, then a new heat shield. She runs again

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