2005 Ram 2500 HEMI clicks but wont turn over when trying to start
I can hear the starter click but it is not turning over. My wife was stuck yesterday and it done the same thing till I had her put it in drive and back in park. Also had it hooked up to jumpers. Battery shows good on the guage but I dont have a tester.
Think the starter is bad or are there other electrical issues with these?
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Well, This sounds more like the starter may need a rebuild than anything else....The symptoms are there! The loud clicking is the solenoid (normal), and it should turn the engine over and crank at that point without you hearing the clicking. Since it does not crank, all you hear is the clicking..
There is an old "red neck" trick that could define your problem...When it just gives you "part one" and doesn't turn the engine over - STOP - NOW..crawl under the truck and try several taps on the starter frame ( NOT ON THE ROUND HOUSING ) with a metal hammer, now see if it starts right up...if this works, then the starter brushes are on their last bit of contact...AND this usually only works once or twice then its time for a rebuild...(don't ask how I know this works!!)
..If this works for you, then you have diagnosed your issue. Even if it doesn't work, my money is still on the starter!! Good luck...
If your positive and negative terminals are clean, both ends... not
just battery, you should hear your starter relay click each time you
turn the ignition key to 'start'. If no click, check connections to
relay, If still no click, relay may be the problem. Assuming your
battery or batteries are charged and you only here the click of the
relay and no starter action, good chance the starter solenoid is in
poor condidtion, or history. An indication of this problem is the
starter would work intermittently and finally quit working.
Its an easy cheap fix. First disconnect you positive
cable on the battery so you don't fry yourself or anything expensive.
Remove the starter. Undo usually four bolts that hold the starter case
together and pull it apart. Its always a good idea to pay attention how
it came apart so you put it back together the same way.
The starter solenoid is just an electrical contact
switch that conducts high amperage to the starter motor during engine
start. The contacts in this switch burn out over time. When you pull
the starter housing apart, you will see that the solinoid contact
switch is installed within the hump on the side of the
starter housing. You will quickly see if the solinoid
contacts are burnt or damaged. Most auto parts stores have a
whole collection of contacts. I paid 3.85 Canadian for a set that
didn't quite match the set in my 95 dodge cummins. 20 minutes of filing
saved me the $600.00 my buddies were paying . "Rebuilt' my starter
about 5 years ago... and starts every time. Hope this helps someone out.