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Engine has loud clicking sound during start and will not turn over. I turn the key back to off and then back to start and engine still clicks with no turn over, but after turning key from off to start about three times, the engine will turn over run fine.

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  • ifixufly Sep 25, 2008

    I had the starter checked and it checked fine. Next I went a put a meter across the battery, it read 10.49 volts. This meant it had a bad cell, solenoid clicks but not enough juice to turn the engine. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    All I get is a clicking sound when I turn the key. Battery is good. Will sometimes stsrt after clicking many times

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    SOMETIME I CAN START THEN THERE OTHER TIME IT START AND CUT, IF I TRY STARTING AGAIN IT WILL START AND SHUT OFF TRY AFTER TRY. I TURN THE KEY AND NOTHING HAPPEN. WILL NOT TURN OVER.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    engine wouldn't turn over

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    wont start just a click wheen turns key

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Deffinately (since it runs) pull into an autozone or o'reileys and have them pull the machine out to the car and test battery and alternator for free while they are still on the vehicle. Sometimes a starter can develope a short in the armature (the rod it spins on) when this happens it has problems starting only when it stops in that one certain location and trying to start it a few times can get it to move beyond that point. A bad ignition cylinder can cause an intermittent problem as well.

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Sounds like your starter motor might be stuffed....might need to replace it

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