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Doesnt want to even attempt to start the battery is good

The car was running great and no sign of week battery however wife says the car wouldn't start while intown after a helpful citizen recommended cleaning bat terminals but and so I checked the bat and posts found no corrosion and the car started an ran for me several times then yesterday when wife wanted to vacume car I moved it to shop and it no longer wants to even attempt to start after cleaning battery I tried putting it on charger charger reads the battery had 12.i volt I tried to jump start it and cant even get the cae to well make even a clicking sound even though I still have headlights radio everything electrical I tried new fuses

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    kevin wilson Nov 26, 2013

    yes it is the starter I tried tapping on it but the best and only way I could free it up was to quickly touch the neg pos with a screwdriver then I tapped a few times and it fired rite up thanks OBERTELLIE



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Try tapping the starter with a hammer while someone bumps the key. If it tries to turn replace starter if nothing happens then i would say the starter solenoid is probably bad.

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This is the classic sign of worn/dirty starter motor solenoid contacts.

As I live in England I'm totally unfamiliar with your car as very few were ever sold in the UK (as the Chrysler Neon). On modern vehicles the solenoid is fixed to the starter and is not user-serviceable. Most tend to last anywhere from 70000 to 140000 miles (depending upon how many starts a day, on average) before they need replacing. Once the solenoid starts to fail, the starter motor is also usually pretty tired as they're made to last as long as each other.

You may be able to get by until you replace the starter with a new or reconditioned one by giving the solenoid a sharp tap midway along its length with a hammer before starting: I do mean a sharp tap, not a dirty great whack with a sledge hammer. The solenoid will be the smaller diameter metal cylinder mounted parallell to and immediately alongside the starter motor. Often you may not be able to tap the solenoid directly, but if you put the point of a long screwdriver or wrecking bar onto it, and hammer the end of that tool instead, it will transmit the blow to precisely where you need it.

If this doesn't work, then try again with an assistant. Get them to turn the ignition key as you repeatedly and rapidly tap the solenoid.

This is only a very short term bodge, it won't fix the problem and the problem will only get worse until the tapping method no longer works.

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