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Single tick when i turn the key. doesn't turn over.

When i turn the key it makes a single tick or knock sound, sounds like it comes from up by the fire wall. I replaced the battery.

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Sounds like starter!

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Posted on May 18, 2009

  • george kendis May 18, 2009

    sounds like starter!

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Well, it could be a starter, but starters are pretty reliable, and expensive, so let's look at other solutions....

Low battery-- Battery not charged will exhibilt the same symptom
Solution - thow it on a charger overnight.

Corroded battery cables or battery cables not making good contact. Remove, clean with a baking soda solution and reattach. Note, if you have a wire brush -- DON'T USE IT. A scrunge pad will work just fine. The battery terminals are tapered just ever so much and you don't want to destroy that taper.

Bad solenoid or connections to the solenoid. 15 bucks will buy you a new solenoid -- it is probably mounted on the fender so it is an easy swap. Take digital photogs of the 'before' and connect wires after.

NOTE -- if you are going to fool around with the battery or solenoid, disconnect the NEGATIVE terminal from the battery first. That reduces your chances of getting a direct short of the battery to ground by 100%.

good luck

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