Buick Century Starting And Electrical Problems

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 also. I try playing with the headlight swwitch but that does not help at all.

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. No lights, nothing.

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.

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ANSWER:

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 short circuit and repair that 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). It acts like a dead battery.

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 for my Buick would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:
Yes, the purple wires should give power when trying to crank the engine over. 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. If there is NOT power on it, then possible causes are a bad neutral safety switch, bad ignition switch or a wiring probem between these and the starter.


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