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Starter will not turn over the engine, when i turn ignition key on i can hear clicking but the starter will not turn the engine over, 2003 ford focus lx 2.3 litre eng, manual transmission

Battery is 6 months old and battery terminals are clean, used starter installed on jan. 2012, car has 173,000 miles.

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Check battery voltage. If around 12.5 volts or higher, then check starter motor for fault.

(My best guess at this point is a failed starter motor or solenoid)

Posted on Nov 04, 2012

  • joe many Nov 05, 2012

    THX for the info, now when i tried to start the car if i turn the key numerous times the starter will turn the engine over and it starts ok but it takes a number of times of turning the ignition key off & on, i will check the battery volts today.

  • Jamie Alton
    Jamie Alton Nov 05, 2012

    It actually sounds like a starter issue, not you mention that after numerous times it works. I'd check the starter and solenoid.

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