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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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No juice to starter

My husband has a 2003 Chevy Duramax Deisel. When he turns the key, nothing happens. No juice to little wire but if he uses a screwdriver accross the 2 terminals on the solenoid, it starts. I have not been able to find repair manual so we can figure out how to fix it (we have a friend that will do it for us for free once we find the problem).! I am new to this site and as I am female, I know now what a male must feel like when his wife sends him to the store for "female products". Because of the problem of the truck not starting with the key, we have not been able to dive the truck in about 2 weeks. With over 8 inches of snow here, my Camero is not the best car to be the only working one. Hope I did not post this in wrong forum. Does anyone know where we can get a repair manuel?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 12:13 PM
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sounds like a bad starter. You can go to and buy a subscription for less than $15. How old are the batteries? One battery can be bad and draw down the whole system. BTW, welcome to the forum!

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 04:45 PM
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Check the Neutral Safety Switch on the drivers side of the tranny. It has a plastic white cover on it with two plugs that the shift cable feeds to. It can be just a hair off and cause the problem you are having. Just loosen the two bolds that hold it on and rotate it a LITTLE bit at a time then give it a shot. Sometimes it will fix the problem!! Welcome to the site.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 06:14 PM
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how about a bad ignition switch, if the starter was bad it wouldn't be able of being jumped with a screwdriver, but at the same time theres so many relays and safety switches on these trucks now it could be a needle in a hay stack or something in plain site and easy.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-07-2008, 04:36 PM
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Take out the starter relay under the hood and pop the cover on it open. Stick it back in the fuse box and manually trip the relay. If the starter cranks, then its somewhere between the ignition switch and the relay

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