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Starter cranks but will kick out before it starts. sometimes…

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Starter cranks but will...

Starter cranks but will kick out before it starts. sometimes starts good. does not sound like a starter going bad but maybe a relay kicking out

Mechanic's Assistant: How many miles are on the car? Has the car been starting normally?

260000. miles. started good up till about 2 weeks ago

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Chevy?

2005 GMC sierra pickup with duramax and allisons trans

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Sierra yourself? What have you tried so far?

Maybe replace a relay myself. haven't tried anything so far.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Thats about it

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Chevy Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago
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Hi, My name is Jay

The problem sounds like the starter motor solenoid is not able to hold the starter engaged. There is a starter motor relay in the engine fuse box that may also be causing the problem. I would recommend replace relay in fuse box first and then if starter problem continues then monitor the purple wire to starter motor to see if power is staying to starter when in start position even when starter kicks out indication of bad starter.

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Chevy Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

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