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Have a 95 buick regal. i just bought it from a mechanic.

Customer Question

have a 95 buick regal.
i just bought it from a mechanic.
serurity light is on.since i got it aboit a month ago.
it had hard starting problems till i replacedthe 6 yr old battery.
thing were good for a month.the other day we stopped to get gas. it would not click no no nothing.
mechanic replaced the ingition cylinder befor i got it.
i checked all relays except starter relay.
i have power to the starter
i took a screw driver yo thr stater bendix last night.
bstill would not start
do you think its the starter or a security cm problem
JA: Does the light flash, blink or stay solid? Have you tried to reset the security system?
Customer: i think its solid
we disconnected the battery last night for about 10 20 minutes
JA: Are you fixing your Regal yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes...
checkedthe starter fuse for powe
check the starter for power.
all good
tried jumping the starter with a screwdrive. it would not crank over.
i am not sure it its bcause of the starter
or security system
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: think thats it
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Tracer replied 1 month ago.

Hello, Can I ask how you are confirming power to starter? and what are you jumping at the bendix? what post to what post and lastly, does everything else still work like inside lights, headights, wipers, blower and so on

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
i took a wire lead and ground one end
touched both positive and negitive bolts
and the light on the lead light up.
at the bendix
all power works
12.5 plus volts and battery and starter
Expert:  Tracer replied 1 month ago.

ok so you have the big wire from the battery going to the starter bendix, then you have a small wire at the bendix, Did you jumper the big red wire to the small on? I think a purple wire at the bendix/solenoid?

Expert:  Tracer replied 1 month ago.

also, what engine?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
i just had a one of those wires that look like a screwdrive with a light in it.
you ground one end the touch the wire by the starter and it lit up.
i could not get the jumper wire with the starter button on the starter
Expert:  Tracer replied 1 month ago.

ok, I am trying to understand what you jumped and starter did not work, You said you jumped the starter bendix,You said you took a screwdriver to the starter. I am trying to understand what posts you jumped exactly, I can not help unless you send all the detailed information best you can, Thanks

Expert:  Tracer replied 1 month ago.

I have to step out, I am going to opt out. I dont think I am getting all the information I need so, another expert should be along soon to continue helping

Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 month ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If you jumped the starter and it did not engage then you have a bad starter, poor positive feed to it or a poor engine ground. Jumping the starter means applying power to the solenoid driver terminal. If it wouldn't crank when applying power to the solenoid terminal using a screwdriver or jumper wire then the starter positive cable and engine ground need to be voltage drop tested, and if ok yet the engine will not crank and is able to be turned by hand, then the starter will need to be replaced.

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