van cliks once but wont start


Asked by Jun 30, 2013 at 01:15 PM about the 1998 Chevrolet Venture 3 Dr LS Passenger Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Been driving van with no problems.  today went to start it and it only clicks once.  lights come on inside and outside.  what could be the problem

5 Answers

Michael Tutty

The single click is your ignition solenoid. When nothing happens after that, chances are you need a new starter motor.

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Thanks Michael. Replaced starter and everything is good.

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Cynthia Haverstick

2001 Chevy venture, replaced bad starter and still won't start, had new started retested & re-installed & battery tested, still no start just click, next option??? No security errors, could it be the ignition??? How do I check?

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Michael Tutty

Cynthia, that sounds like a bad ground. Make sure that the battery cables are in good shape. If they are original, I would plan on new ones as a matter of course, sine the old ones are 12 years old. The insulation is getting brittle if nothing else. There may well be a ground strap between the engine block and the body. If so, don't forget to change it at the same time. I always invest the extra $10 or so and get the heavy "1 gauge" copper wires. Just make sure they are the correct length with the correct ends on them.

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Change the spark plug wires, fuel pump and fuel filter and the engine still will not turn will not start what to do next...what can be the next solution

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