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2007 Pontiac Montana 3.9 has intermittent starting issues.

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2007 Pontiac Montana 3.9 has intermittent starting issues. New battery and new starter have been installed.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'm here to help get your problem solved.

Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

During no start do you even hear a click or nothing at all? Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
There are 2 clicks I believe. The starter has been replaced, the battery is brand new and reading fine.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Does starter seem to be making the clicking noise? Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
for sure. Fuel pump is still good too
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Monitor power on large wire going to starter and small wire when trying to start, both should maintain at least 11v. Let me know, thanks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Scanner reads 12.24 all the way to the starter
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Use a multimeter to check voltage on both wires going to starter with key in start position. Let me know, thanks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Multi meter reads good
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

It shows 12.2 voltages on both wires while trying to start? That doesn't make sense.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Sorry it was 12.4 on the red wire.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Does the small wire get any voltage while trying to start?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The small wire that is attached to the back of the starter/solenoid the one prong connector?
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

That is correct.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Sorry Dan, it's going to have to wait until tomorrow. It's too dark and cold here now. I will let you know tomorrow.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Sounds good, keep me updated. Thanks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Hi Dan, the small wire is reading 11.4.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

So with key in start position both large wire and small wire have at least 11.4v?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
that's right
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

I'm guessing vehicle is starting right now? If both wires have power that means engine should at least turn over.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No, it's still just sounds like click click
Expert:  Dan replied 1 month ago.

Make sure case of starter has good ground. If case has good ground and you are sure both wires have good power then I'd recommend replacing starter again. I'd also manually turn engine over with breaker bar so you know it is not seized. Let me know how it turns out or if you have more questions, thanks.

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