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Thread: Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

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    Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

    I have a 95 SLS and I think I might have a starter problem. My battery is brand new as of a month ago. I drove around this evening, no problem. The car sat in the driveway for a couple hours and just a little while ago I drove about 1 mile to my church. After being inside for about 15 minutes I returned to the car and it would not crank. The lights, radio, wipers, all work fine but when I turn the key to start the engine all I hear is a CLICK! (and yes it was in park, foot on brake, etc.)


    Any thoughts?

    Starter easy to change?


    Thanks,

    Phil


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    Re: Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

    Check the battery cables for corrrosion and tight connections. If that is ok, have the battery checked.

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    Re: Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    Check the battery cables for corrrosion and tight connections. If that is ok, have the battery checked.

    Even though the lights and radio work fine and the batt is new? Could a loose connection cause it not to crank but other things work? (b/c I did check it, it was a little loose, but i tightened it.)

    Thanks for your help.

    Phil

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    Re: Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

    The battery can be fine to run low load items like lights and radio but, put a heavy load on it like a starter and it falls flat on it's face. Don't assume just because it is "new". I have had them fail in 6 months. I have even had them bad right off the self. You have all the symptoms of a dead cell. Have it load tested or swap (not jump start) it with a known good battery to check it.

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    Re: Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

    In accordance with your advice I went back and checked the battery. Turns out the connector was loose to the positive terminal. (side posts, ugggg),, I tightened it and it started right up.

    Thanks for all your help. I am going to relocate the connections to the top posts on Monday - I really dislike those side connectors!

    Phil

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    Re: Could it be the starter? 95 SLS

    That was easy


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