99 chevy tracker 2wd, 2.0 DOHC inline 4.........I've replaced starter twice, new wiring from battery to starter and from starter to alternator, all fuses good, and still wont turn flywheel....engine not seized (can still turn flywheel) still will not turn over......just clicks...have been told there are no shims on my vehicle
I also have a 1999 Tracker, I am having the very same issue. I cannot say that i have nailed it yet but one thing i can tell you to check right now would be the clutch start switch ( assuming your is a manual) i will revisit this site and every other one i can find when i figure this out.
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DOES THE VEHICLE MAKE ANY NOISE AT ALL WHEN THE KEY IS TURNED?, IF YOU GET A "CLICK" BUT NOTHING ELSE THEN THE STARTER IS JAMMED, GET A HAMMER & GIVE THE STARTER A FEW SOLID FIRM BUT NOT OVER ZEALOUS WHACKS, MAKE SURE THE BATTERY IS FULLY CHARGED & TURN THE KEY, IF ITS ANYTHING LIKE ALL THE CARS I'VE HAD OVER THE YEARS IT WILL MAGICALLY SPRING TO LIFE - IF IN DOUBT - GIVE IT A CLOUT!!
first have the battery load tested as it indicates that there is a dead cell
If there is a dead cell then the dead battery will consume most of the power from the jumper so there may not be enough left for the starter and the ignition
to check for a power drain , install an amp meter i the battery to ground wire and see what current draw is occurring when everything is turned off
up to 1/2 amp indicates that the ECM is using power for the memory
up to 2 amps indicate a light on--glove box, boot , interior radio etc
more indicates a problem relay
first check the fuse panel,, if the vehicle has an inline fuse, , follow the positive battery terminal wire, down towards the starter, it would be on that wire run , I believe that fuse #5 is a 40 amp fuse that says IGN,, check that ,, but more than likely you have a bad solenoid. , For some eason in most of the forums I'm associated with, your vehicle has a lot of this same problem, and are normally corrected with a new starter
First, you might start with the quickie stuff: Make sure the neutral switch has not failed. Or the brake switch. Check all the fuses. Look in the wires for any melted ones, or melted inline fuses. If none appear, then you might break out the multimeter or a 12V test light: See if the coil is getting power, with the key in 'run'. If not, you might have a busted out key. Another, slightly more risky test: Get hold of some THICK jumper cables, put the vehicle in neutral, and connect the starter terminal directly to the battery. This will tell you if the switch has died, or if the starter/relay has kicked the bucket. If I remember correctly, even though this was an Suzuki rebadged vehicle, Chevy still put an integrated relay/starter on.