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Old 03-13-2011, 01:13 PM
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Default 1997 Tahoe Sometimes Doesn't Start

I have a 1997 Tahoe with 265K miles on it. It runs great!! I don't see an end in sight. I'm having an annoying problem. Sometimes it won't start. You turn the key the lights come on, battery powers up etc. but nothing happens. There is no noise coming off the engine; no crank, winding etc. I mean silence. When that happens if I give it a few minutes or roll the car 5 feet it fires right up. Any idea what this could be? I replaced the starter appox. 3 years ago. Could that be bad? Help!! Any advice is much appreciated. It's very annoying. Thanks!!
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:29 PM
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I would start by inspecting and or replacing the ground and starter cables...
having a known good solid connection from the battery to the starter, battery to the engine and frame will help eliminate many problems.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:29 PM
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I just changed out the starter and solenoid on my 95 suburban to correct the exact same problem. double check your battery connections first, but ...
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:07 PM
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Sounds similar to the problem I am having w/my 2005. Doesn't do it every time, just enough to be a pain. I've been searching for a solution for a while now but can't get it to happen consistantly so that makes troubleshooting hard. I agree with in2pro and suggest checking all your connections and grounds first. That is relatively easy to do and it doesn't cost anything. Make sure they are clean and the connections are good. I also talked to another person with this issue and they ran an extra ground wire from the battery to the body (where the braided wire connects from motor to body). That seemed to really help them. I did that over the wknd so I am running it now to see if it helped me. I'll let you know. Good Luck and keep us posted if you figure it out or get it fixed.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:08 PM
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Thanks for the input everyone. I need to find sometime to take a look at my problem. Hopefully it's just a bad connection. Thanks!!
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