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(1990 Chevrolet G Series Van (G30))
in Minneapolis, MN on September 23, 2009
I have been having issues with starting my van. The starter is new. Sometimes it starts ok. An hour later, it just simply gives me a dead "click".

After trying several times, one after another, if I get lucky, it starts.

HELP!
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of Greg Solow's Engine Room on September 23, 2009
Sounds like a typical starter solenoid failure. The solenoid is a heavy duty relay that when it receives power from the ignition switch it allows the heavy cable from the battery to bring power to the starter motor. Check that the battery voltage at rest is 12.6 volts if not charge the battery and ensure the connections are clean tight and secure. Resistance in the power or ground circuit can also cause this problem but starter solenoid or a bad battery are the two most likely causes.
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