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93 LX 5.0 replaced battery, ran fine then would not start


After replacing battery which had died because car sat idle for a few weeks, car fired-up fine. Next time I tried, did not start on first try, but fired-up on second try. Ran awhile then turned it off. Would not start
again.

When trying to start I hear a single "click", and a "slight whirring" sound which seems to come from behind my radio?

Alternator was replaced not quite 2 years ago so I'm thinking..maybe starter issue?

Your help is much appreciated!

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Well, it doesn't have to be the alternator itself, but it would be wise to check its leads and also the leads of the starter. 
Is your battery charged?? even if your car stereo runs fine, the battery still might be out of charge too much to turn the engine... 
What does happen when you put it on idle? Do the gauges start up normally? Does the CD play fine? All the dashboard lights light up as they should? If there's any weird behaviour, it's possible there's a short circuit somewhere... If it's OK, try to fire up the engine and watch the dashboard, all the gauges and lights(+the radio). Everything works as usual? if not you are likely to have a short circuit before your alternator, or maybe starter(not that common and if you hear a click it's likely that starter is OK)

MAKE SURE the battery is WELL charged! you could have drained it listening to some music in the car after killing the engine.

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Sounds like you have a good battery, get the car started put a voltmeter to wire connected to the back of your alternator. if you have at least 13.25 volts you have a good unit if any lower replace the alternator
the click sound you are hearing comes from your relay it is getting low voltage from the battery. because the battery has no juice caused by a bad alternator


hope to help shack

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