Having problems with your 1997 Oldsmobile LSS ?

Some times the starter will not work when turning the key. The accessories come on but there is no sound whatsoever from the starter. Our current fix is to get out, open the hood, slam the hood and try again. This often works. Don't ask me why?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 15-07-2019

Answers :

Hello: It may sound funny but the way you open and close the hood and try again is good. Since you are getting some results, this could be a clue to the real problem. Your car has a starter relay, which has moving parts may be failing, but revives a little with vibration from the hood slam. Also there is a solenoid in the starter, and a chance the wiring or connection from your starter relay is loose to the starter.
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\015\012Since your accessories come on every time as your message indicates it sounds like your ignition switch and circuits are OK.
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\015\012Please check your starter relay for 12Volts (or DC power) on the output side when the starter dies but you switch the key on. With the hood open you should be able to hear this relay click a little as you try to start the car. It has three or more wires. If you have 12 Volts to the starter, proceed to check or replace the starter (if it gets that power but does nothing).
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\015\012NOTE: The starter gets high power for cranking from the battery in one large wire. That should be there but a second wire from the relay (in many cars) sends 12volts to the solenoid in the starter. If it does not work the starter is still dead. Replace that, If your relay or connections are loose/bad fix that.
Sounds like a loose connection on one or both of the battery cables. If you're able to twist either one of them with your hand, they require tightening. If they are tight, there may be corrosion preventing a good connection. Simply remove the cables and using emery paper, sand the corrosion away until they are clean. Then replace the battery cables and you should be in good shape. If you have side mount cables, then use baking soda and water to dissolve the corrosion or any of the corrosion cleaners found at the auto parts stores. If neither of these fixes your problem, it way be an issue with the gear selector not being all the way in park when you start. With time, the gear selector wears and doesn't always go all the way into park. The last thing that could be the cause would be the ignition switch itself. These wouldn't normally wear much unless you use a very heavy set of keys that "pulls" on the ignition switch. Hope you found this post to be helpful and that it solves your problem. Best of luck!
Greg
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