Geo Prizm Problems

Engine Won't Crank Due To Starter on Geo Prizm

Problem Description and Possible Solution

If the engine will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter. These will tend to go out at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.

(20 people reported this problem)

Geo Prizm Vehicles With This Problem

RepairPal Fair Price Estimate
RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 173,661 (60,000–275,000)
8 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Not Your Geo Prizm Problem?
Brake problem? Or maybe a faulty head gasket cylinder?
Learn About Your Car Problems
Search For a Specific Car Problem
Viewing 1-5 of 5 comments
Noticed battery was dead. Replace that and nothing happens when I start. Replace the starter and turn key - nothing happens again with not even a sound coming from the entire engine. I thought I would at least hear the starter solenoid energies. Out of ideas. Any suggestions. Thanks
Just had car checked over by mechanic before short road trip with my elderly mother. Everything was great. Stop at grocer for supplies and won't start. Attempted to jump 2x, no success. Replaced the starter and runs good as new. Love my Geo !
Had a new battery installed two yrs ago. For about the last six months, my car didn't want to start at times and I would have to jump start it. The garage came and said it's the starter. They want to replace the starter now. Please note, the battery has a 75-month warranty, but garage swears there's no problem with the battery.
Car does not like to start in cool damp weather the last few years after about 260-275K. Once warmed up and/or dry no problem. Starter clicks but does not turn - sometimes just hesitates a second sometimes several tries of 5-10 sec holding key to start position. strong batter helps but did not solve. Previously checked out but it always worked if in garage.
Gets worse every winter. Finally having starter replaced at 290000.
Had been trying to avoid too many more repairs after a major one earlier this year. Need to keep car drivable for at least another year.