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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, NO START, but the battery is good in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; Thanks again Chubbyranger for the extensive info on diagnosing the starter components. Actually, mine is fine right now, but if ...
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    Re: NO START, but the battery is good

    Thanks again Chubbyranger for the extensive info on diagnosing the starter components. Actually, mine is fine right now, but if the day comes when it wont start (no cranking, but battery and connections are good), I want all the information I can get to start the diagnosis. I like the idea of checking the NSS first - that way we would know if juice is getting supplied to the solenoid/starter. If the NSS doesn't get juice, work backwards to the relay and then back to the ignition switch. I will take some time in the near future to pinpoint those components on my car (97 SLS). Hopefully, they are in the same or similar locations you supplied.

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    Re: NO START, but the battery is good

    Guys, I replaced the starter, it wasn't that big of a deal, you just need a long extension for your socket wrench. I lifted the intake manifold at the passenger side and did my work-sorta tight, but not that big of a deal. I'm more pissed about spending 200 bucks on something I most likely didn't need (for a teacher, that's a lot of money, lol). I'm going to order the ignition switch with the key on ebay and just take a day to do it. The steering wwheel has to be removed from what I've read. If anybody knows something easier, let me know.

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    Re: NO START, but the battery is good

    You have to remove the airbag first. Be careful. Remove the fuse and wait about ten minutes to be safe. It will probably take you that long to get the cowling off anyway.

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    Re: NO START, but the battery is good

    Usually FSM recommends to pull the airbag fuse and then disconnect the airbag connector at the base or along the bottom of the steering column. Airbag connectors are bright yellow and have a secondary tab to secure them. Once you have pulled the connector you should be safe. I think on 99, the airbag is removed by using a flat head screwdriver and turning the four latches on the back of the steering wheel. Note the wiring routing very carefully when removing the airbag because it needs to go back the same way. After removing the steering wheel mount bolt you may need a puller to pop the wheel - some cars do, some cars don't. After that the airbag coil is removed and you face the steering wheel locking ring. This requires a special tool; you can likely get it from Autozone. You need to compress the lock ring and remove the clip that holds it in. Next you're somewhere near the turn signal and ignition switches and somebody else will have to give you the rest of the instructions because I've never changed an ignition switch on a GM. This is one of those jobs for which a FSM is highly recommended.

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