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Engine will not turn over, makes a clicking or rapid clicking sound

I have a 2001 Ford Escape and when I turn the key it clicks or makes a long rapid clicking sound. I think it is either the selenoid or starter. Any suggestions? The engine does not turn over.

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You are correct it is the starter the clicking you hear is the bedix wheel which spins the flywhell to crank the engine. replace the starter and this will solve the problem

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

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