Question about 2003 Cadillac Escalade
Replaced bad starter with a new one and it still wont start it just clicks but when hook up the jumper cables it cranks fine
I had the same issue lately with a different car. I took the car to Autozone and they did a quick test of my battery. It turned out that the battery was pretty well shot, but it would work if someone jumped the car off.
You may try getting the battery tested to make sure you don't need to replace it.
Hope that helps!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
CHECK MAKE SURE BATTERY VOLTAGE IS 12.5 VOLTS USING A DIGITAL VOLTMETER.MAKE SURE BATTERU CABLES IS CLEAN AND TIGHT.IF ALL IS GOOD STARTER SOLENOID OR STARTER IS FAULTY.IF YOU DISCONNECT BATTERY CABLES.MAKE SURE RADIO IS OFF BEFORE REMOVING BATTERY CABLES OR YOU WILL LOSE RADIO PLAYING CODE.
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
SOURCE: tried to start my 2003
Yes - your problem is in your starter - specifically the armature and / or brushes. The starter is located on the passenger side of the vehicle, mounted to the front of the transmission and back of the motor. The starter's armature kicks out and connects with the Ring gear ( automatic trans) or flywheel ( manual trans) and turns the flywheel ? gear to engage the engine. The clicking indicates the solenoid is completing the circuit but the armature is not engaging the gear.The positive battery cable goes directly to the solenoid which is mounted to the starter and the positive cable MUST be removed prior to removing the starter. The armature and related brushes can be replaced instead of buying a new or rebuilt starter / solenoid assembly but should be done by a qualified professional as it can be done wrong and cause serious damage to the ring gear or flywheel.
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Posted on Nov 26, 2010
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