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Starting I turned the key over and all i get is one click. weve cleaned the terminals, made sure the connections were good, and even tried a new battery, and still nothing. we wiggled the terminals around also. the radio, lights, and everything work it just wont crank?

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Sounds like solonoid is bad but if you have a test light we can quick check it when the key switch is held un the start position and check for power on bolth sides of the solonoid. if there is power there the starter must be bad.

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The fastest solution now would be to take a hammer and gently knock the starter (it's the part that makes the click when you turn the key). If you can't reach it with the hammer, use some bar or metal pipe, put one end of the pipe on the starter and knock the other end.
This solution may do the trick if the relay is jammed, and usually helps you to go to the nearest mechanic who should change the bad part.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

  • Petar Paskov Sep 16, 2008

    Oh, and I forgot one thing...

    Try knocking while someone else is turning the key, or if you are alone try to turn the key, then knock, then turn the key again.



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