No lights at all working on the dash. Had a Cd player installed bout a year prior to the dash lights
not working at all, and subsequently my tail lights are out.

Tried changing the
fuses-- this used to work for a short while, but no longer.

The dash panel lights are all out, except when I first start my car. Then all the warning lights will
flash just for a second. Afterwards, everything goes dark.

Subsequently, my tail lights don't work whenever the panel lights are out. I would be extremely
grateful if you can answer this, because everyone keeps giving me the run around. I've already
gotten a ticket for this, and I am a struggling mommy.  I honestly would donate, if I had it.

Hello and welcome.
You say that replacing fuses used to work, but not anymore. Does this mean you had / have blown
fuses. Which fuses were you dealing with? If they were blown, you need the find the shirt circuit
before you can do any other diagnosis.

1997 Buick Century.

I checked and replaced any suspect cables and wires going from the battery to the starter. Checked
battery. Checks good.

The issue I am having is that when I try to start the car nothing happens at all (no clicking -no slow
starter sound - nothing).

All the lights that normally light up on the dash are working as they should. I know the hot wire to the
starter has voltage when checked with a test light. When I turn the key to start the car all lights and
accessories go off as they normally do. I believe the starter has voltage but does not jump across the
solenoid to crank.

I not sure if that is how a starter works or not but I am not able to get the car started. This is an
intermittent problem. Any suggestions on where to look for possible solutions would be appreciated.

Yes, the purple wires should gave power when cranking. If it does but the starter does not engage and
crank, then the starter is bad, or the large red cable on the starter has a bad connection.
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