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My 1999 dodge PU has been sitting for a while and every once in a while I start it up. Most of the time I charge the battery and it turns over and starts. The last time I charged it up and there was no turning over of the engine just a click. I put a new battery in, fully charged and still only a click. What could this be?

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Sounds like it could be your starter. Try tapping it with a hammer, not too hard, while someone else trys to start it. If this works you need to replace the starter. First make sure your battery cables ate tight though.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012

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solenoid switch is on top of starter . thare is also a starter relay in the fuse box under the hood . find this relay and see if it clicks when the key is turned over.get someone to turn key while you put your finger on the relay if its clicking then the starter solenoid is bad,some of thesesolenoids must be replaced with the starter.

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hi, now this could be down to one of two things now the first and most likely would be that the starter motor has packed up so this would need replacing.

Now the other problem you could have is with the imobiliser now the problem you have with this is their is nothing you can do yourself to even check this it has to go to a garage and go on a diagnostics check so as they can find out if the imobiliser is working or not.
The main cause for the imobiliser not working is going to be that the battery is flat in the key fob witch controls the central locking if this is flat then your car wont start.

Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

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