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Won't start not even click

87 Samurai was starting off and on would click a bit, could jump start everytime. I let it sit for a month and it won't even click lights work, no start noise at all(small click at key ignitoin. I thought Battery got tested is good tried 2 different batteries, not battery , so I switched starter, with a used one off Extra Samurai, still nothing, got old starter tested, it was good. I've been thinkning ingnition switch. but I don't know and its 150 bucks. I was thinking of puting in Push buttton start instead of new ignition switch. But I don't know what is causeing problem( I checked the fuses, also hazard lights don't work? anyone?

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  • gmp11 Dec 21, 2008

    like i said the starter tested good so its not the starter selenoid

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Have 2 smart keys (one just stopped working & new battery didn't fix. Tested by using good key & determined it was the board not the battery half.


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Samurai's have real bad ground wires. Make sure they have clean contacts and the wires are not corroded. Also check the batteries cables (even if you have to cut into the rubber) to make sure they arnt corroded. I've had a pair corrode within themselves (corrosion build up just like on top of battery terminals).

Then google search samurai clicky starter fix.

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I am pretty sure you have a bad solenoid on your starter. Sometimes if you tap on them while someone holds the key in start they will make contact and it will start. Best solution is replace solenoid. You can check it by having someone hold the key in start and measure the voltage from the small wire to ground, if it is bad you will have voltage but it will not even click. Hope that helps you.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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    David Johnson Dec 18, 2008

    Please realize I can only guess witht he info you have given me. Good luck

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson Dec 18, 2008

    Please realize I can only guess witht he info you have given me. Good luck


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