I have a 1995 Chevy Blazer 4dr 4wd 4.3L V6 Vortex. I turn ignition on and get a single click from starter no crank…is this indicative of a bad solenoid? Engine was started an running just prior, switched off and no restart…battery is new, ignition harness replaced with new OEM
A single click from starter
The click you hear is the solenoid doing its job. So not a bad solenoid, but a worn brushes inside the starter. So you will need to replace the starter. Sometimes you can get lucky and have someone smack the starter with a hammer while you hold the key in the start position to get it to start one last time. I would only recommend this if you need to get it to a different location to work on it. Labor time is about an hour for this job.
Starter Replacement 4 Wheel Drive (1995-1997 Models)
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the differential carrier shield if equipped.
- Disconnect the engine mounts and raise the engine.
- Remove the transmission mount and support the transmission.
- Remove the starter mounting bolts. Rotate the starter for access and disconnect the wires from the solenoid.
- Remove the starter from the vehicle.
- Position the starter near the engine and connect the wiring.
- Install the inside starter mounting bolt loosely and position the shims if equipped.
- Install the outboard starter mounting bolt. ◦Tighten the mounting bolts to 32 lb ft (43 Nm).
- Lower the engine assembly onto the engine mounts.
- Install the transmission mount and engine mounts.
- Install the differential carrier shield if equipped.
- Connect the negative battery cable.