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Can't start engine, battery is good and all you here is a clicking sound?

The contacts in the starter motor solenoid are worn, the clicking that you can hear is the solenoid being pulled in, but not making contact to allow the main battery voltage/current from getting to the starter motor. Their are 2 things you can do to get you out of trouble if you are stuck in a place and no assistance is available.

Rock the car back and forward whilst in gear, stop and try again.

Tap the side of the starter motor cover with a piece of wood or soft hammer. This will wiggle the contacts and allow for starting.

These may get the car up and running, but ultimately the contacts will have to be replace.This job is usually not difficult or expensive, and is the first thing to check and replace, before replacing the whole starter motor. It is a much more cheaper option then replacing the starter motor assembly.

If you can find the starter motor, the solenoid is the small round or triangle box on top or to the side of the starter motor, usually with two small wires going to it.


BELOW ARE TWO CONTACTS FROM A LANDCRUISER 1HZ ENGINE. THE LEFT ONE IS FULLY WORN OUT AND THE RIGHT ONE ABOUT 50% WORN.

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the motor wont turn over when i try to start the car i here a cluck noise


the brushes in starter worn out.if u can see the starter whack it with hammer couple time then try if it doesn,t start the starter is done.i asume u tried jumpstart first?

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2006 A6, battery is charged 100%, worked yesterday, now turn the key hear a little clicking noise but, nothing! not even a sound of turning over! what is the deal and how can i get this started asap!


The contacts in the starter motor solenoid are worn, the clicking that you can hear is the solenoid being pulled in, but not making contact to allow the main battery voltage/current from getting to the starter motor. Their are 2 things you can do to get you out of trouble.

Rock the car back and forward whilst in gear, stop and try again.

Tap the side of the starter motor cover with a piece of wood or soft hammer. This will wiggle the contacts and allow for starting.

These may get the car up and running, but ultimately the contacts will have to be replace.

If you can find the starter motor, the solenoid is the small round or triangle box on top or to the side f the starter motor, usually with two small wires going to it.

Jan 24, 2011 | 2005 Audi A6

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When you turn the ignition, there is a slight click but won't crank. The lights work and battery is good.


The contacts in the starter motor solenoid are worn, the clicking that you can hear is the solenoid being pulled in, but not making contact to allow the main battery voltage/current from getting to the starter motor. Their are 2 things you can do to get you out of trouble.

Rock the car back and forward whilst in gear, stop and try again.

Tap the side of the starter motor cover with a piece of wood or soft hammer. This will wiggle the contacts and allow for starting.

These may get the car up and running, but ultimately the contacts will have to be replace.

If you can find the starter motor, the solenoid is the small round or triangle box on top or to the side f the starter motor, usually with two small wires going to it.

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Engine won't crank...just get a repetitive clicking. Did not jump start either.


sounds like you need a new starter
hope this helps
give feedback please

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