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Pontiac sunfire how many wires should be connected to a starter

Customer Question

how many wires should be connected to a starter on a 2004 pontiac sunfire
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 5 years ago.

GM Tech (Cam) :

Hello, I'm Cam. Please include all the details about your issue so I can accurately advise you. I cannot see your vehicle so please be detailed.

GM Tech (Cam) :

There are usually 2 but could be 3. There is only one small wire to the small stud and could be two larger wires.

GM Tech (Cam) :

to the bigger stud.

Customer:

I replaced the starter after having it tested at an auto part store.. when discconecting the wires i thought there were 3 wires one small one, one larger one and one that went on the large stud that also hold the wire to the cylinoid.

GM Tech (Cam) :

That sounds correct.

GM Tech (Cam) :

Teh alternator wire I think goes to the large stud of the alternator.

Customer:

It does not seem like i am getting battery power to the starter. I even tried jump starting it after i installed the new starter. any suggestions?

GM Tech (Cam) :

Does the starter click?

Customer:

doesnt sound like it

GM Tech (Cam) :

IS there power to the small stud with the key in crank/>

Customer:

how can I chech that/

GM Tech (Cam) :

with a test light held to the small stud wire with the key held in crank.

Customer:

I can do that.. what would be the problem if im not getting power?

GM Tech (Cam) :

lets cross that when we get there. LEave the page open and try.

Customer:

I amd getting power to the small stud. Im using a cheap 12 volt tester and the indicater light is very dim

GM Tech (Cam) :

ok, is it bright if you touch the battery stud there?

Customer:

Do you mean the actual stud on the battery or the stud on the starter?

GM Tech (Cam) :

either.

Customer:

very dim on both but a little brighter on the actual battery

GM Tech (Cam) :

Ok, so is your battery any good? IF you have any doubts and I will say I do, take it out and have it tested .

Customer:

Thank u. I will do that.. is ther any way i can get back in touch with u if i have any more problems?

GM Tech (Cam) :

Bookmark this page so you can easily navigate back to it, and so you know, you can reply at any time for follow up information regarding this issue, even after you accept my answer and I will reply.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
New starter and new battery. still wont start. checked fuse. fuse is good.
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 5 years ago.
IS the light still dim on that crank wire?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
no
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Still waiting for a respnose.. You might also want to know that whil inspecting wiring i touched something on the starter and got a good arc.. That makes me belive i am getting power to the starter

 

Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 5 years ago.
Ok so bright light but no starter operation, this manes me think the starter again is bad or there is some reason the engine is not turning.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Brand new starter could be bad?
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 5 years ago.
Possibly yes, New does not mean good.