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Starter.....This semms wierd to me,I have worked on many cars...If its below 30 or SO it just clicks,I can hear the sylinoid...But if its above 30 or SO it always starts,plent of battery voltage.Plent

Added everthing above....Starts all the time when warm but when its below 30 or SO it just clicks like the starter....Checked voltage while turning key and dont hardly drop,so kinda ruled out battery,plus I have tried to jump.....I think its the starter but double checking this cant hurt...Thanks Bryan

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You have a faulty coil on the solonoid or the big metal thing inside is sticking as the oil and dirt in their is too much for the resistance so when its cold their is too much drag for it to be pulled in.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

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  • B Best Dec 31, 2012

    ThanksColin,thats all I need to hear,Getting a starter tomorrow,was looking for a secong opinion..

  • Dave Jan 01, 2013

    When worn, The starter solenoids can have an intermittent fault. Many things, can go out intermittent....

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    Colin Stickland Jan 01, 2013

    Why get a new one strrip it and clean the inside of the solonoid ,bit of graphite dust to lubricate the big metal thing and away you go .MY old boss years ago would have sacked me for fitting new and not repairing thats why he drove a rolls royce and bought land in israel

  • B Best Jan 02, 2013

    Was going to clean it,it was dirty.....But for 90 bucks just repolaced it..It was just to much fun getting it out..Didn't want to do it again if it didn't work..LOL Thanks for the help bro..

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    Colin Stickland Jan 03, 2013

    your welcome and my ex boss who for obvious reasons i cannot give the full story on this site would be turning in his grave ,going around in his german accent ?" my life you trying to ruin me ?"


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Look on Youtube for way to replace/clean contacts inside. New copper contacts available cheap, but old ones get carbon and cleaning gets you many more miles. Make sure wire to solenoid does not have grease on it from splashes, grease from bad cv boot, etc.

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Even though the lights work, the battery may still be just short on power to turn the motor over thus the clicking. Try charging the battery or jumping, if you still get a clicking it would be the starter solenoid. Considering the year you may just want to replace the whole starter.

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It could be the starter, test the small wire going to the starter, it should have power when turning the key to start/crank. If it does, and the starter will not crank the engine, whack it with a hammer, if it then starts, replace the starter. If there is no power to the starter, then it could be the ignition switch, or the neutral switch, or a fuse/link blown.

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