I just bought this vehicle and drove about 120 miles with no problems. the van sat overnight and will not start.I have power to everything and had starter bench tested okay. I turn the key and hear relays clicking but still will not start. This van has the 3.8 liter v6.
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Answer #1pushrod April 28, 2014, 02:04Master
Lets think about this one for a second......what is the most common cause of a 'no crank' condition?? ...Not the starter,......not the park/neutral switch........in this case, the most likely suspect is the battery or battery connections, even if you think they are ok!! Did you try a jump start?. Ok..... have you tried to start it in neutral while wiggiling the shifter a little?? ..Ok...do you have battery voltage on the small wire at the starter solenoid when a helper turns key to start?? BTW...park neut. switch is the same as the range slect....
Replydh69, April 28, 2014, 09:21Rookie
I have tried to jump start and do have voltage at the small wire on the starter solenoid when helper turns key.I am still at a loss as to why this van will not even attempt to start. I have power everywhere but still have no start. I also tried starting in neutral as well as other gears while wiggling shifter but nothing seems to work.I also tried wiggling wire harnesses under hood but nothing helps.
Replypushrod, April 28, 2014, 11:29Master
OK,, here you are; If you have voltage on that small wire when key is turned to start...it is either not enough voltage or starter is defective!!! And that is it!!! Try jump start again,, if no luck then suspect starter....You can run a wire from battery plus to that small wire, starter has got to turn IF it's any good!!...If starter does not turn then...repace it......bench tested or not!!!! Unless engine is locked up.....or battery is weak...it has got to turn with wire from battery + to small terminal....!
Replydh69, April 28, 2014, 20:25Rookie
Thank you, I will try running a wire from battery + to small wire on starter and see what happens.
Replypushrod, April 29, 2014, 00:29Master
Ok, if it dont crank then either the battery is not supplying enough voltage, the engine is locked up or the starter is shot, and that is it....that bypasses everything but the starter! No need to even turn key on, unless you want the engine to actually start...
Let me know how you make out.
Replydh69, April 30, 2014, 09:09Rookie
Thank you for the advise. I tried the jumper wire and did not work. I replaced starter and started right up.
Replypushrod, April 30, 2014, 14:31Master