how to fix the starter engine on a 1983 carpice station wagon

Asked by Jun 24, 2016 at 09:29 AM about the 1983 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

the starter engine did a little shortcut so i disconected the battery and try to
dismanteled the starter engine but i dont know what else to do

6 Answers

26,725

Replace the starter, sounds like a short?

yeah, it did a little shortcut and smoke started to come up from the starter engine i inmediately disconected the battery and dismanteled the starter, i live in venezuela so finding a new one here is kinda hard so i was wondering if there was any chance to fix it

81,695

The starter can be fixed but the question is if you can get the parts and test equipment to do so. Best try and find out why it shorted out, sounds like you may need a new positive battery cable that runs to the starter, and find a rebuilt starter to replace it. Also what-ever you where doing, possible your starter may still be good? What where you doing to cause a direct short?

I tought about the positive battery cable because de couple Of days ago i touch it and it was really Hot and the station wagon just was turn on so i didnt know what it was so Hot, i really diddnt do anything Just turn on the ignition and it didnt want to start so i turn it off and a little bit Of smoke started to come out form underneath were the starter engine is; so yesterday y dismanteled it and give it a good clean up i did allá Of this thanks to a youtube video but after i conected right back up it Just got like stuck in direct Mode i dont know, as soon as i conect the battery the wagon tries to start the engine inmediately

81,695

Ok the device on top of the starter, (starter solenoid) where the positive battery cable hooks onto, sounds like that is bad. You can take that plastic fiber cap off, and in the center there is a big round copper, bronze, disk with a small spring on top, there should be a "C" clip to remove & then flip the disk to the other side. Same thing with the stud the battery cable hooks onto. The disk and the stud may be burnt enough to cause the solenoid to stick. You can test the starter with jumper cables by hooking up the negative to the starter housing, and the positive to the positive stud on the solenoid. Then take a screwdriver and touch the positive stud and the small post on the starter solenoid. Hang onto the starter as it has a lot of torque. This is just a simple test procedure.

81,695

Remember that the positive to negative, ground, metal, is a short. Disconnect the battery before servicing.

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