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Truck will not start

Replaced battery also starter solenoid solenoid just clicks

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One of the cables on the starter is not making good contact. It might not have been cleaned off well or the starter motor is not grounding well because the mounts were not cleaned off or the small, low amperage wire is not making good contact and its contact and where it attaches to the starter is not clean.

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Your starter is probably bad. I have been an employee of napa for 8 years and have seen this many times. You can have it tested at any Napa store, if your started is good then you have a defective solenoid.

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Well first have you charged your battery back up, if so then try to by pass the ingintion switch by just connecting the two main post of the colenoid with a piece or wire, this creates a direct wire basically from your battery to your starter, if still no luck you will need a new starter located more to the drivers side close to right under the pedels on the bottom side of the truck.

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SOURCE: changed starter, solenoid, battery terminals, still wont start

what kind of truck is it

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SOURCE: 95 F150 wont crank

the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.

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SOURCE: Car wont start, makes a clicking sound under the hood

Nissan: Is the clicking sound loud like a solenoid or mild like a relay? Use a test light to see if your getting juice to the solenoid. Also might want to check for juice in and out of the clutch switch while your at it.

Truck: Check for juice at the starter. If the new solenoid is clicking, it's probably working, so the next thing to check is for juice at the starter. If yes, then disconnect the battery and drop the starter and have it tested. If it's not the starter, pull the spark plugs out and try turning the engine by hand with a braker bar and socket on the harmonic balancer. Is there any reason to suspect that the enging might be siezed up?

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SOURCE: Engine will not start. Get clicking noise like a bad battery.

If lights and radio worked, LOW load off the battery is OK, but trying to start (400Amp draw) isn't. My bet is that your Battery connectors are loose. Dump a COKE slowly on eaxh to rremove all the Green crystalline stuff (do it slowwwwww) then remove (Negative (-) side first) and clean up the insides with a piece of sandpaper. Put them back on (Positive (+) first) and tighten good (these are typically LEAD, so easy to ruin)
Try again!

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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