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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2019, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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On Easter, my wife took the 2002 Malibu to church. When she went to leave, the car would not start. Would not even try to start when she turned the key. Lights came on but wouldn’t even crank. She says she kept turning the key on and off and after a few minutes it started.
It’s been fine since then, until last night. I got off the train to come home and it did the same thing to me. No cranking, lights came on, everything normallly the same but won’t even try to start. Theft light is NOT on. Fuel pump primes (it was replaced last year) My Bluetooth adapter when plugged in shows the battery voltage at 12.2
What can it be?
Please help!!

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Very possible that the key tumbler and ignition switch (2 separate parts) have worn enough and need attention, aka replaced.


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Very possible that the key tumbler and ignition switch (2 separate parts) have worn enough and need attention, aka replaced.
Thank you. Just from reading around the internet for similar issues, that is one that I see often. Is it also possible it could be the starter? Where is the starter on an 02 Malibu?
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It’s definitely the starter. Tapped on it and it started right up. Watched a couple of videos on YouTube and it seems like a pretty easy job. Will attempt to do it myself.
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Re: Won’t crank

Ya brushes are shot in the starter.... they are really easy to rebuild yourself if you felt like it
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Re: Won’t crank

it's not the brushes.. it's the bushings on the end of the armature in the case..
Back in the day (when I got into this business, 40 years ago), we rebuilt our own starters as a normal course of business.
I used to be able to replace bushings, re-wind armatures and stator magnets, replace the brushes.. then the "discount auto parts places" came along.. you could buy the parts to rebuild your own unit for $19, you could buy a fully "rebuilt" starter for $24.. now these permanent magnet starters (smaller, lighter, higher torque) have taken over the market, are crimped together, and as such aren't really designed for "user serviceability."

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Ya.... our kits up here were around 40 bucks.... buts that like 30 years ago
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I replaced the starter yesterday. All is well now. Thanks.
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