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the hard power steering is given away by the loud squeaky noise . It is the drive bely slipping from worn out or needs adjustment.. If the key problem is in the switch the replace the switch of if it is not engaging the starter motor have a look at the battery connections (shiny clean and tight) or the solenoid or starter relay.
A click every time you activate the starter motor generally tells us that the solenoid is working fine, but that the starter motor is faulty and requires repair/replacement.
To just double check:
Turn on the headlights when cranking. If the lights dim significantly, then the battery doesn't have enough charge to power the starter, and the battery could require replacement. If the lights don't dim by much, then the issue is most likely the starter motor.
Im having the same problem as you. First thing is, If it was a valve popping it would make the noise when started not only when in reverse. Secondly, the vehicle is starting so its not the battery, if it were clicking from the battery it would mean the van wouldnt start and it would be clicking when it tries to turn over.
Double check your battery connections. If the battery is new and the starter makes a series of clicking noises when the key is held in the start position than you are not getting a good power supply to the starter or there is not a sufficient ground.
When the van refuses to start, have you tried to jump start it? If not, I would suggest you do, because it would allow you to rule out the battery and alternator (or at least be relatively confident that they are good) if the van DOES NOT start when you try to jump start it, then it would be either the starter/solenoid or in the engine.
If the noise you hear when attempting to start the engine is a clicking noise, that is just the started relay trying to send battery power to the starter motor.
First check that your belts are in place. It may be that excessive water has unmounted them. The belts connect everything - alternator to battery, drive power, water pump, everything. If someone washed the engine deliberately to clean the mud, anything could be discontected, including electrical wiring. Hope that did not happen.
Check the battery first. Just because the lights are on doesn't mean it has enough power to start the van. If you or the van has a volt meter, the battery should read at least 13-14 volts to be good. If the battery is good then the alternator is good and we move on to the starter solenoid. I'm sure it's one of these. Do the lights go off or very dim when you turn the key? If so then battery.
hello , that is not fare to buy a new van because a small problem like that , i will try to help you , if the motor didn't make any noise when you try to start it , so you can check on the starter ( marsh ) , if it is ok so you can check on your denamo , but first be sure that the battery is good , and thank you for asking fixya.