For a while, my car sometimes would not start and the solenoid would just click. I brought my car to a friend of mine who is a mechanic and he said i have a bad starter which is what i was guessing. I noticed some corrosion on the starter when i looked at it and cleaned it off of the contacts and now it starts fine, however; it doesn't start up the same everytime: sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. I also noticed the lights in my car slightly dim (headlights are fine) occasionally and usely stay that way until i shut off the car for a while. My lights dim considerably when i start my car. I've had my battery and alternator checked and both are good. Replaced spark plugs and fuel filter. Any ideas?
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if you have power to both headlight plugs for each low and high beam filaments and the ground is good as you say the high beams function normally then you either have bad low beam bulb filaments,poor or dirty connection or you have a daytime running headlight relay on the car and that is the problem with the low beam lights.yes the high beams will work but not low beams if it is the relay.
New battery is great, but only if it has 12.+ volts to start with. The test below will mean nothing without a fully charged good battery.
Turn on the headlights, try to start the car. If the lights go out completely after you hear a click, it usually is the battery terminals needing to be really cleaned & tightly installed with a coat of grease on them to seal.
If the lights go dim, that indicates either not enough power in the battery, or a bad starter/solenoid.
I always wonder when a battery is new, what was wrong that made you replace it. That is the kind of info I would ask for if you brought your car to me for repairs. The answer sometimes leads to the problem. Please provide that info if you need to inquire again as it will assist in the troubleshooting process.
Does the starter make any noise or click when you turn the key to start? If it does not, chk. battery could be bad, and battery cables could be loose or corroded. If there good and clean and battery is good try tapping starter see if it will turn and start if it does or still clicks starter bad. It could be ignition switch if it does nothing at all, but if it clicks most likely its starter.