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Car won't start

Went to start car yesterday morning and only heard a clicking noise. Had batter tested, it was good. Man at parts store said to bring in starter to be tested. Can't find Repair manual locally, need to know how to remove the starter.

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    when i try to start my car it makes a clicking noise and it wont start

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The clicking you are hearing is the starter solenoid. This is a relay that applies 12 volts to the starter motor when you turn the key.

I agree with the parts man, it is probably your starter. Put your car on jack stands, (don't trust the jack itself to support the car with you under it) Disconnect your ground lead on your battery. When you get under the car there will be 2 (sometimes 3) wires attached to the starter. One is a large size wire coming from the starter. It will usually be red. There will be a smaller wire connected to a separate terminal on the startere. disconnect both wires. There will be 2 bolts holding the starter to the engine. Usually 1/2 inch or 9/16 size.. Remove the bottom bolt first. remove the top bolt and as it is about to come out you will have to hold the startere with one hand whilr you remove the 2nd bolt.. THAT'S IT

Take it to the parts store and they can check it for you. BTW, a new solenoid should come already mounter to the new starter.


Hope this helps. Good Luck Loringh

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Clean both the battery terminals. The battery can be perfect but if the terminals are corroded you will get the clicking sound indicating that there is not enough power going into starter to start car.

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