Starter seems slow, not starting?

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Old 08-23-07, 06:49 PM
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Cool Starter seems slow, not starting?

1996 Camero Z28 w/AC, p/w, p/locks, Interstate battery 550 c amps/ 450cca, battery in good shape, better than half charge when hooked to a trickle charger. INSTALLING NEW STARTER/SOLENOID PURCHASED FROM CHEVY DEALER. Doesn't sound like its hitting that hard when key is turned on. Have been playing around with washers for shims, didn't notice any old shims when we removed original starter, (we didn't test old starter, possible is was ok?, as symtoms are pretty much the same as before, clicks but no start. HOWEVER, with new starter we can see flywheel sometimes spinning slow, as the flywheel cover is off, trying to adj the gears when it fires. Old starter, didnt turn over motor at all. Will check more ignition connections for possible corrosion or maybe just dirt or loose. (we did bench test new starter at a parts store, ran like a raped ape!
on car its not hitting as hard as in store when we free it from flywheel and hit starter?) this post gettin long,, sorry

QUESTION: ANY IDEAS ON STARTER ADJUSTMENT? OR ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS? Thanks in advance for any tips.
 
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Old 08-23-07, 06:57 PM
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Strange, my neighbor was having the same problem as you, and he has the same car......


Have you checked your cables going to it? They may be corroded enough to where the starter is not getting enough joice. I would suggest replacing them.
 
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Old 08-24-07, 04:09 AM
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"Interstate battery 550 c amps/ 450cca, battery in good shape, better than half charge when hooked to a trickle charger."

I wouldn't call half a charge good. Have you tried starting it with jumper cables from a known good battery? Also, if you have a volt meter or multi tester, hook that up to the battery. You will probably see around 12 volts until you hit the starter. The voltage will probably take a dive to 8 - 9 volts.
 
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Old 08-24-07, 05:36 AM
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Check cables for corrosion, especially inside the covers and not visible

Have battery properly tested
(keep in mind skunked batteries can test OK)

If the battery is over 5 years old, don't bother testing, just get a new one
 
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Old 09-05-07, 05:40 PM
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Checked cables all seemed ok, jumped with a charged up marine battery I use for electric trolling, she started right up,, went out today an purchased a new 720cca 7yr battery,, whew,, should have check battery first thing!

Thanks for the advice,,,
 
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