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When i try to turn over my truck all i hear is a click it has power and everything what could this be?/

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  • joshdoggus Apr 21, 2009

    when i try to turn over my truck all i hear is a click it has power and everything but if i wait 5 min. it will start np. could it really be the solinoid? starter 9 months old. battery 10 months old. what could this be???

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If you mean - attempting to start the vehicle - all you hear is a click -

Then probably a bad solenoid.  Or possibly a low battery.

You state it has power.  Are the headlights BRIGHT when you turn them on... and stay BRIGHT when you try to start the truck.

A low battery - with practically no load - can easily measure over 12 volts - and not have enough juice to turn over the starter...

That being said - a clicking noise, and no starter engagement, or sudden downward change in the brightness of headlights; or drop in battery voltage while attempting to start the vehicle - probably means a bad solenoid.

The solenoid most likely has two copper washers on each side of a plunger.  The 'washers' have probably worn down over time.  They are actually copper contacts, and eventually wear out due to arcing.  If the battery is truly ok; remove the starter.  Then remove the solenoid from the starter; open it up, and take a look.  These contacts are available from electrical motor rebuild places.

The suggestion also would indicate that the starter has not been consistent in its operation in the past.  You have to turn the key several times, before the starter engages...  If you have not had it acting up before - or if some repeated turning of the key has not managed to get the starter to work - then possibly the actual starter went out - and not the solenoid.

The solenoid is that device, mounted onto the starter - which has a small wire going to it; and a large cable from the battery going to it... before you remove the starter to check on the solenoid - disconnect the negative terminal of the battery please.  Batteries carry a tremendous amount of energy.  Hope this helps.

Let me know what it was.  Thanks.

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