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SOMETIMES WHEN I TRY TO START IT, ALL I GET IS JUST A CLICK. HOW CAN I TELL IF IT'S JUST THE BATTERY OR THE STARTER?

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If you can, take both items to an Auto Parts store...Schuck's/Kragen/Chief's/NAPA/Pep Boys....any of those places will test it for free.

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READ THIS ALL BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING
NOTE: some vehicles have the starter relay and starter mounted together as 1 unit. Sometimes the starter relay and starter are seperate. When I refer to "relay" it could also mean the starter and relay as 1 unit.
Note: "starter switch" is not to be confused with "key switch", although sometimes they are all one unit. The starter switch is usually mounted on the steering column and actuated by a metal rod. On units that are all one unit, the keyswitch/starter switch (both one unit) will have to be replaced. (this is a rare problem, so don't get worried just yet)
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5. Humm, connections aren't the problem, maybe the relay is bad, replace your relay with a new one. Move on
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