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My Son's 1995 GMC Jimmy won't start. We've had intermittent trouble turning the key for awhile. Now, when we turn the key it doesn't crank. The battery seems fully charged (replaced the battery within the past 6 months).


 


I'm no mechanic and don't have any testing equipment. I'm kind of handy and want to save money... Read full answer

My Son's 1995 GMC Jimmy won't start. We've had intermittent trouble turning the key for awhile. Now, when we turn the key it doesn't crank. The battery seems fully charged (replaced the battery within the past 6 months).


 


I'm no mechanic and don't have any testing equipment. I'm kind of handy and want to save money on this repair.


 

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8/18/2012
Roadside Jerry
Roadside Jerry, GMC Mechanic
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Hi, it's not safe to assume anything when diagnosing a problem. Make the battery is fully charged, and that the battery terminal connections are clean and tight. After that, use a test lamp or voltmeter to check for power at the S terminal on the starter as a helper turns the keynote crank position. If you have power,the starter is the problem, if no power is reaching the S terminal,the trigger circuit will need further testing. This would include the ignition switch and neutral safety switch on the trans. You can try tapping on the starter as you helper turns th key this sometimes will get the starter to spin, if so replace the starter.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

Battery was fully charged and terminal connections tight and clean. I tried to verify the voltage going to the starter, but access is too tight to keep the lead onto the S terminal. I did get the car to start after I tilted the steering column to look for the switches. Again, I'm no mechanic, so I ended up bringing it to the same place that replaced the starter. I trust this mechanic, but was going to attempt it myself to save money. The problem is that I don't have time to learn or tools to do it right.


 

If you would have been able to connect to the S terminal, you most likely would have found you had no voltage.Since tilting the steering column got the engine to start,the problem is associated with the ignition switch that is mounted on the steering column. It may be the switch itself, an electrical connection, or an adjustment of the switch. If you have the time, let me know what is found,there is no additional charge for your reply back.
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