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Hey All: Here is what happened: Sunday morning the car started a little slow. I thought that the 2 year old battery was giving up the ghost. Sunday afternoon it cranked fine and started right up.
Monday morning it was very slow cranking but started. Monday afternoon the first two times that I hit the starter there was only a click from the area of the starter, on the third attempt the engine bareley turned over but it started and ran fine.

I got home and removed the batery and had it tested twice and it was good. Got home with the battery, installed it and put the DVM on it. Measured 12.7v with the key off, 12.5v with key in run position and when I hit the starter I heard a click from the starter and the volts dropped to 12.1v

I removed the starter and had it tested. It was drawing between 150 to 200 amps on two different test stands. One shop had a spec sheet that said that my starter should be drawing about 110 amps.

There was almost no corrosion on the battery terminals. I still wire brushed them. I recently had the battery to starter cable out and inspected it for another reason and it looked to be in good condition.

I am think along two lines here: One is that the starter is going bad and needs to be replaced and Two that I have a bad ground or ground cable.

What do you guys think? Any ideas or experience with this?

Thanks for your help
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The negitive battery cable is a good place to start. Bad grounds are a common problem on these cars. Your battery should be able to handle over 200 amps. I would guess the starter or soleniod are going. It could be worn contacts in the soleniod.
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Can I get just the solenoid?
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I am not sure. I have never had to price one. Check Pelican.
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Mine is also cranking real slow,and sometimes it just clicks,then I turn the key off and retry and it might start fine or just click again,it's like the starter is dragging or something,sometimes it starts normal and sometimes it messes with me.
BTW I have a brand new battery too.I think I am going to replace the starter and see what happens
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First off, replace the negatine battery cable - they corrode easily and cause all sorts of strange problems.

Then replace and\or rebuild your starter if the problem persists

Yes, the solenoid is a seperate and replacable piece - should run around $35 new

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I removed the negative cable that goes from the battery to the engine and firewall grounds and found it to be full of corrosion. That is most likely the cause of my problem. I'll have a new cable made this afternoon and see what happens.
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Well what happened??
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