Hi, I need help. I have a 92 Chevy G20 conversion van. It has a 350 in it. Good solid car. The problem is that turning the key does not crank the engine; all I hear is a single click. So, here's my story.
About 1 month ago, I replaced the starter. My son has driven the car for several weeks with the new starter, and now it won't crank: When we turn the key, all we get is a single click. All other electrical work fine.
So, first I checked the battery. It's good ... pulled it, put it in another car. Worked great. Even charged it some more while it was out.
Then we pulled the starter. First let me describe the starter (someone help me out with my girlish description). The starter consists of two cylinders, a large cylinder on the bottom which has a single electrical bolt (let's call that bolt 'C'), and a small cylinder on top, which has two smaller electrical bolts. Let's call the two bolts on the smaller cylinder 'A' and 'B'.
The starter has 3 wires going to it: two smaller wires that connect to one of the smaller bolts on top of the starter ('A'), a thick wire that connects directly from the positive terminal of the battery to the bottom of the starter ('C') and nothing is connected to B. I tried to upload a picture but couldn't do it.
I disconnected the starter and pulled it free from the engine. Then as a bench test, using jumper cables, I connected the negative to the casing of the starter and the positive to the bottom bolt ('C'). Using a screwdriver, if I cross A to C, the starter appears to work well (it turns and it pushes out). To me, that says the starter is OK.
I've checked all the fuses. They are good. So, what the F? I'm stumped.