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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 01, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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just finished installing a 383 in a buddy of mines trans am its a 94. went to go crank it and the batterry was dead. replaced that. also replaced the starter. the starter engages like it is going to crank the engine but just clicks. sometimes it will try to crank but wont turn over. checked the ground wires but cant seem to find anything has a 306 cam with a lt1 bored to a 383.if anyone has any ideas please let me know, desperate to get this badboy workin.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 01, 11:01 PM
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Make sure the battery is fully charged and that all of the battery cables connections are clean and corrosion free. Sometimes new batteries dont have a full charge in them. The engine will turn over by hand (with a ratchet or break over bar), right?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 02:32 PM
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what kind of compression are you running? if it is too high you might need a more powerful starter and battery.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 01, 04:45 PM
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The starter gear could be hung pop it with hammer 1 or2 times see if it helps.PS not too hard if you can see the starter geer it,s good if it, back inside the starter.if it is up in the fly wheel it,s stuck.good luck
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 01, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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found out what the problem was. had a ground wire attached to the starter. so it was running a continous cycle of electricity through the solenoid on the starter. grounded it to the oil pan and it cranked right up. thanks for the help though
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