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Starting problems I just finished replacing my starter on a 2005 subaru legacy. When I went to start the car, it made the same exact clicking noise that it was doing before I replaced it. The Battery seems to have enough juice in it so I don?t understand what else would be the problem

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  • hector_rache Apr 20, 2009

    Hey Guys. So I took the new starter out and got the old one tested. The old one was good so I put that one back in. I still was getting the same old clicking sound that was occuring in the first place. So I took a good look at the connections and everything was ok. Next I cleaned out the terminal and checked the battery. It was bad so I took that in and replaced it with a new one, But yet again I am getting the same old same old. Clicking noise and no engine start.

    By the way what do you mean by turning the engine by hand?

  • hector_rache Apr 27, 2009

    Hey Guys. I found out what the problem was. It was a bad ground. I appreciate all your help.


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You need to check actual voltage at the battery. It must have 12v or better. Also check that terminals are clean at battery contact points and make sure ground is clean and tight at both ends. Also, can you turn the engine by hand...if you cannot, you have a larger problem.

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  • Richard Scordino Apr 20, 2009

    First, can you turn the engine by hand??? If you cannot, the problem is inside the engine, not the starter.
    Next, Is the click coming from the starter? Did you check the ground cable where it attaches to the engine block and make sure that the connection is clean and tight? You need to answer these questions before you can go any further. Also, if you have replacement cable ends, check that they are clean where the wire is crushed under the holding strap. If not, voltage can't pass through there.

  • Richard Scordino Apr 27, 2009

    Told ya to check the ground!!!!!

    good luck with your car!!!


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Did you bench test the old starter? Did you bench test the new starter?
the battery may appear to be good, but try jumping it with another battery.
check the cables.
use a set of jumper cables to bypass the battery cables, this is a quick way to trouble shoot the cables.
hook red to the start solenoid an black to the engine block.

Try these and let us know how you make out
hope this is of some help.

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