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Starter how would you know if ur starer is out?when I turn it over it makes a spin sound

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If its not turning the engine over then it's probably the solenoid stopped working , u will still hear the starter turning but it wont engage the fly wheel and will not start the car

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This is common for this model, also alternators and drive pulley bearings/belt... solution is to replace!

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I put a starer and she still wont start all i get is a 'click' sound


Step 1:

First check the starter relay fuse. Replace it even if the fuse looks good.

Step 2:

If you are sure the fuse is not the problem then ensure that the battery if fully charged and is working properly. Turn on the interior light then turn on the headlights. The interior light should dim momentarily then go bright again. If it stays dim check and charge the battery.

Step 3:

If the battery is not the problem, check if the battery is grounded properly. The ground wire is connected to the negative terminal of the battery. Make sure it has a good connection to the engine block, i.e. there must be no rust, no paint and it must be fastened tightly. Also ensure that all heavy connections are tight and secure, as any looseness will cause the clicking sound.

Step 4:

If it still does not start, jump the starter's two heavy solenoid terminals with a screwdriver. FOR YOUR SAFETY THE CAR MUST BE IN NEUTRAL OR PARK WHEN YOU DO THIS because the starter should jump and turn now! The ground is the problem if it turns.

Step 5:

If it still only clicks the solenoid may be faulty. Replace this if you did not get a new solenoid with the starter.

Step 6:

If the solenoid is new then check the neutral safety switch located on the transmission. To find the switch follow the cable from the shifter to the transmission. A faulty switch will prevent the engine from starting.

Step 7:

If all these steps fail you will have to ask a professional to resolve this problem because specialized equipment will be required for perform further diagnostic tests.

Dec 21, 2012 | 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan

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I tried to start my 94Sunbird-I heard clicking for a few seconds & then nothing. Battery is good & it couldn't be jump started. How can I find out if it's the starter or something else? help?


one easy way is to have someone hold key in crank ing position,then another person needs to hit or tap the starer housing itself.if engine begins to crank intermittently or ur cliking noise turns into small jolts of the starter trying to crank then u can bet its the strtr motor. u do need a charged batt for this test. also chek ur battery grounds they can dramatically affect starter operation if we have a voltage drop anywhere in starter circuit .chek batt cables r tight on batt posts, loose batt cables on battery will also give u clicking noise w no starter operation

Apr 08, 2011 | 1994 Pontiac Sunbird

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My 92 saab 9000 wont start. it makes a spinning sound sort of like a hairdryer. the battery is fine and i get the oil changed every 3000 miles and all the other fluids regularly checked. so what could it...


Either the timing belt/chain/gears has failed, which can really change the sound of cranking, but the engine visibly goes around.

If the engine does not turn (as it sounds is the case with your car), but the starter spins fast enough to be described as sounding like a hairdryer, then the starter drive is bad and the starter will need to be replaced or rebuilt.

The starter drive is turned by the starter motor, and the drive in turn turns the gear that engages the flywheel of the engine. The part that turns that gear will not let the starter motor be pushed by the engine — it has a one-way, overrunning clutch in it. If the engine got a chance to spin the starter, the starer would simply explode. It is maybe 10 or 15 to one between the engine. One good start using the gas pedal would spin the starter like 15 to 25 thousand RPM...

If that overrunning clutch fails the starter motor cannot spin the gear that turns the engine.

Jun 27, 2010 | 1992 Saab 9000

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Al of a sudden i have starter problems. the


the starter may be spinning but the gear on the starter is not sliding over to catch the flexplate to turn the engine,,,,so you would need a new starter in that case

Oct 13, 2009 | 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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2005 silverado. parked it last night and it ran fine. today it won't turn over. it has bright lights and a good battery. no clicking when you turn the key and the lights do not dim when the key is turned


sounds like starter is bad have someone crank while you tap on starter see if it spends over if so starer no good.also those trucks had problems with the battery cable going to starter corroids.good luck.

Oct 04, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

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Changing the starter - tough job or easy


the way it works is there is a starter selenoid that when you turn ur key gives the selenoid power which makes the starter gear kick out to catch ur flex plate which turns the engine over it sounds like the drive gear on the starter is not kicking out as far as fixing it it is a farly simple job a few bolts and wires

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Starer clicks when key turned


Make sure your foot is on the brake, and shift linkage is all the way up in park position. Really clean your battery connectors, battery acid and residue is toxic and will eat holes in your clothes, rinse with lots of water immediately. Make sure jumper cables are beefy or they will not allow enough power. If your starter clicks, it is either weak battery, dead solenoid connectors or dead armature inside the starter. In rare cases cable connections can come loose at the solenoid or at the ignition switch. (A mechanic knows to take some solenoids apart and turn the connectors upside down to the uncorroded side.)

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Starter issue


I know this sounds simple,but have you checked all battery connections and grounds,how about starer relay in fusebox(check manual) you can usually find another relay in fusebox thats the same to swap and test....(horn or a/c maybe???). Hope this helps....Lee

Jan 10, 2009 | 2001 Ford Focus

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