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I lost my key a couple days ago and tried to crank it using

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a screwdriver...That didnt work so...
I lost my key a couple days ago and tried to crank it using a screwdriver...That didnt work so my husband attempted to hot wire my 1999 suburban and it would never start...Turn over but never start ....So someone told us to buy a used steering columm for it but coukd we buy a new ignition switch instead? Just need to get it crank
JA: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?
Customer: Cranked so we can get it home .....Yes we can turn the sterring wheel
JA: Are you fixing your Suburban yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes...nothing after the hot wire..
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thats it i think so
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Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago
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Hello and welcome!

My name isCustomerand I can assist you with your question.

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Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

I am very sorry your having this issue with your vehicle.

I will try my best to answer all of your questions.

However, before we get started, please let me mention a few things.

1. If at any point you would like to speak on the phone, please feel free to request a phone call on your end and I can call you right away.

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Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

The problem needs to be diagnosed and fixed correctly. I can help with that.

Unless of course you just want to jumper power to the starter to get it up and going you can certainly do that.

To check the starting circuit, I will need to start with your VIN or engine size to pull the correct wiring diagram.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok give me a second and i will get the vin #
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
3GNFK16R5XG102875 vin#
1999 Suburban K1500
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
if i can just get it up and going that woukd be great...its behind a buisness and we luve 45 mins away
Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

Thank you.

One moment please

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Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

Just a quick question, have you tried jumping power to the starter?

If not, you might want to do that next.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No...and i have no idea how to do that...im sorry...But im a fast learner...and willinging to learn....Do you have a video?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
After we tried to hot wire it we left the wires alone so they are all pulled out..
Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

I am sure I could find one for you.

All you need to do is put power directly to the small wire going to the starter motor.

You can use a jumper wire from the positive battery post or jumper the big wire down at the starter to the small wire at the starter.

If the key is in the on position while doing this, it will crank over and should start.

Just keep in mind, it will spark a bit when doing this.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The ignition switch is out because we lost our key and tried cranking with a screwdriver first...Our first mistake
Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

NO worries, just pop the switch back into place and apply 12 volts to the signal wire at the starter.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
We are going to try this and i will get back to you
Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

Sounds good!

I am glad I can help!

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Chevy Mechanic: AMEDEE, CHEVY TECHNICIAN replied 4 months ago

Hello there!

I am just checking in to see how things are going and to see if you need any further assistance?

If so, please let me know as I will be happy to help.

Best Regards,

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