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Starter clicks rapidly, not cranking, no ignition

When i turn the key there is a loud rapid click. the engine won't turn overe and there is no ignition. could this be the solenoid? if so where do i find it?

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It almost sounds like you have a loose connection at the battery. If the connection is loose it can cause the starter to click as you have described. Also it could be the starter itself. If the starter is bad (locked up) it can make the clicking noise and not start the engine. If you can get to the starter, try to tap on it with a hammer while someone is trying to start the engine. I hope this helps.

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