caprice classic 88, battery ok, but starter not working, where is its fuse

Asked by Dec 13, 2014 at 06:42 AM about the 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Starting problem, batter OK, but while starting no sound, seems starter fuse to replace,
but I don't know its location

3 Answers


clean connections to a shine at the battery. reinstall the cables on the battery, try it. corroded appearance could mean take them apart, first the bolt comes out, then the cover slides off. dip in baking soda and clean with wire brush. Check for supplied power at the starter. Check the small wire for power while a helper attempts to crank. Look at the fuse links. one may have gone soft. Your power distribution box under the hood can have fuses and yours being Gm, there can be circuit taps and protections at the firewall. some fuses have been put there on some models. If you have 12v at the B+ cable and 12v at the start enable wire during crank and no blown fuse links, tap the starter with a hammer handle or similar non conductive tool. if still, when attempting to crank with adequate volts and connections at both ends? Bench test the starter. You could have a start solenoid issue. Write back soon or call AAA if you cannot get under it. A shop would have access when lifting the vehicle. safely. autozone offers schematics online. you can trace where you should have power, when, and verify it with a 12v test light. They are like 4 bucks at the hardware or parts store. A dvom can be had real inexpensive for basic tests at harbor freight. Haynes manuals borrow free at the library or sell for like 25 at the parts store. Many cars, many years, many changes. Gm has always used fuse links and had this kind of issue develop.


I looked at your type of GM car and you have the standard RWD nothin burger V8 and pretty simple stuff. I do not believe fuses are separate and specific for that generation. The newer cars have a power distribution box. Your tests focused at the battery, cables and starter can lead to neutral safety and ignition switches if it has not been found to be the starter solenoid at fault. Your start enable wire must have power on crank and your grounds must be intact. Your circuit protections there are going to be fuse links.

Best Answer

If your starter seems to be dead but the engine started last time with no problem, the most likely cause is that the starter brushes are worn. Simply tap starter with a hammer or something heavy while another person turns the key to start engine. You will be surprised at how quickly the engine roars back to life. You NEED to replace or rebuild your worn starter. This happened to my Chevrolet and I installed a rebuilt starter and life goes on. Hope this helps.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 1993 caprice classic wagon: battery drain from cluster fuse 2 answers

    Battery drains down enough over night that starter turns slowly or not at all. Using a test light, determined draw is from cluster fuse circuit. What to do next to pin point the draw?

    1993 Chevrolet Caprice Base Wagon


    Maintenance & Repair

  • how to change fuse for headlights 2 answers

    head lights will not come on

    1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Electrical issue 1 answer

    I have a 1985 Chevy Caprice Classic 305 5.0. My head lights, radio, heater, interior lights and horn stopped working the other day. Oddly enough, my tail lights and blinkers still work. I checked ev...

    1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1990 Caprice Classic No Running Tail Lights or Reverse But I Have Turn Signals 2 answers

    I have a 1990 Chevy Caprice Classic Wagon. I was informed by my job (delivery job) that I don't have running tail lights or reverse but I have turn signals. I have a diagram for the fuses Also boug...

    1990 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Horn Relay in Chevy Caprice Classic? 5 answers

    Where can I find the horn relay in a 1991 Chevy Caprice Classic LTZ?

    1991 Chevrolet Caprice


    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used Caprice in your area?

CarGurus has 170 nationwide Caprice listings starting at $9,950.


Search Chevrolet Caprice Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Chevrolet Caprice Experts

#1 Js08016
Reputation 460
#2 dandyoun
Reputation 270
#3 tennisshoes
Reputation 210
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Camaro
400 Great Deals out of 40,630 listings starting at $3,500
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
18 Great Deals out of 1,692 listings starting at $2,491
Used Dodge Charger
468 Great Deals out of 30,105 listings starting at $2,275
Used Ford Crown Victoria
6 Great Deals out of 1,392 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Mustang
534 Great Deals out of 42,737 listings starting at $1,699
Used Buick Regal
150 Great Deals out of 11,604 listings starting at $1,850
Used Mercury Grand Marquis
28 Great Deals out of 2,149 listings starting at $1,985
Used Cadillac DeVille
4 Great Deals out of 1,964 listings starting at $1,600

Used Cars For Sale