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I have 1997 olds lss and will not start one year ago,

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I have 1997 olds lss and will not start one year ago, Replaced starter and its worked til now and I took a hammer and wacked starter and she started. Got home and would not start unless I wacked it again. Fuse ok but there must be a relay stuck somewhere cause when I hit starter with hammer it will start again?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oldsmobile
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 year ago.

Hi, welcome to Just Answer. I’m Ron and I’ll be helping you
Before we get started though, Please understand that I don't know
your skill level or tools you have to assist us. Also understand that
I can't see, smell, hear, or touch the vehicle either, so patience is
appreciated. JA is a great Q/A site, but it does NOT replace a
repair shop.
My goal is to make you happy and get a great rating in return for
my time. Sometimes I have to give you bad news that I know you
didn’t want to hear, so please don’t shoot the messenger.

That starter was probably rebuilt and NOT new, so the mica on the armature was never serviced. That's why you now need a NEW starter so this won't happen again.

Thanks, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm following up to see if you have any more questions.

Thanks, Ron