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Can a lose connection to the starter cause a clicking noise

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Yes, but more likely a weak battery or corroded battery cables causing the battery not to charge completely when the engine is running.

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Starter clicks and doesn't engage, already replaced battery!


1. Check to make sure all connections are tight. Loose connections can cause lose of power to starter.

2. check starter is not damaged. Locate starter and make sure it hasn't been damaged by road debris.

If connections are good, no visible damage to starter, and assuming engine isn't locked up, have a mechanic take a look at it. It could be the starter itself is the problem.

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You need to find the root cause of the problem, otherwise you will not fix it or it will return. A few things come to mind.

Check the wiring around the starter. Look for damaged wires, burned wires, or connectors not plugged in. Strange things happen with vehicles if parts of the harness that should be connected aren't.

The other thing I wonder is that when the starter was replaced, the battery was probably disconnected, which can cause problems in its own right, but they may have left the power connected and a wire that was live, touched somewhere. Try disconnecting the battery overnight, don't do it on a day when you have to get to work. Disconnecting the battery for that length of time will fully reset the engine management computer.

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Will not start starter makes click-click-click noises, battery fine, starter fine , starter relay fine, battery connections and starter connections are clean and still keep doing click-click-click noises...


We'd need to know more about how you have assessed these components, but something in that chain is still faulty. The symptoms you describe are classic, the sound of the starter solenoid pulling in, and arise almost always from

- a dying battery which cannot hold a full charge, but which can still pull in the starter solenoid, run the radio etc, but not crank the motor
- worn starter solenoid main contacts which cannot close the supply circuit from battery to starter motor
- a dead segment in the starter motor armature which is preventing it from rotating
- a bad ground, usually between motor body and chassis

You have mentioned all these things I know, but that click-click is a first step which still points the same way..

One way to narrow it is to try jump starting your motor from a known good battery or another car with running motor, taking precautions to avoid frying your electronics. If it starts, it is a bad battery you have. If it just clicks, then one of the other causes.

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This am i got a clicking noise i put the charger on the battery and now i get nothing, what can it be?


In some instances the starter is what makes the clicking noise. By putting the charger on it, you may have overloaded the charging system, and blew the starter relay and/or fuse. replace both of these. If the car still does the clicking noise, and does not start, make sure first that the connection on the battery, the starter, and the ground on the chassi (frame) are clean and secure. This will cause a battery to lose it's charge, and the battery to go dead. However, before charging the battery, ensure that these are all clean, relay and fuse(s) for starter and ignition are good. If the car does not start, rather than charging the battery, jump start the car with jumper cables (other car). If the car starts, pull both terminals off the battery - if the car stays running, the alternator is good. If it does not, the alternator is bad and needs replaced. Be careful however disconnecting the battery as these newer cars (some) have codes for the stereo system that must be known for the stereo to work again - if your car has a factory/dealership alarm system, then you most likely have this system. I suggest, first and foremost inquiring with your dealership as to wether or not you'll need this code for your stereo.
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The solenoid makes the clicking noises on the starter. If the battery connections are clean and tight and still have that clicking noise you need a new starter solenoid

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The starter solenoid brushes are burnt, this causes the issue you describe, the solenoid is rebuildable, check on line for parts.

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You changed the battery but did you clean and inspect the battery cables, a new battery will do no good if there is no connection to the car due to a corroded battery cable. The second cause may be a defective starter motor, this will cause a click noise, make sure the connections to the starter are clean and tight, you will need to get at the starter to do this, make sure you disconnect the battery before checking starter connections.

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