No power to starter.

Asked by nycfig Apr 11, 2020 at 05:27 PM about the 1978 Chevrolet Nova

Question type: General

I have a 78 Nova and im not getting power to the starter im getting power
everywhere else but there.i checked all fuses and there fine im getting power
there. So im a bit lost

3 Answers


Check the cable and its terminals for any corrosion. It may occur inside the cable insulation as well as on the terminals. Cables are relatively cheap so I would just replace the cable and clean the battery terminal and your starter terminal then try to start the car. If still no start, trace the 12V from the battery through to the starter stopping at every connection along the way. When you loose 12V, the problem is between that connection and the last one that showed 12V.

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Also, if you have an automatic transmission, try starting it in neutral. If it starts then, your neutral safety switch is bad. Hope that helps! Jim

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Sounds like a defective starter switch or key.

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