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Starter clicking, not working when I use the key. Ran a wire from the starter to a ignition switch, so Im bypassing the key ignition, but still clicking. It will start after several tries. What could be the problem, already changed starter.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a dirty battery or ground connection. check these!!

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Ignition went out, not home to try and fix it, need a way to bypass the ignition to get home.

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Your brushes are gone replace starter

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