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Cold start problem

On cold start the motor will not turn over only a loud click from the starter switch located in front of the battery. Will start with a jump then run and start fine the rest of the day. Next morning same problem. Have replaced the battery, starter switch, alternater and starter problem still persists, help would be greatly appreciated .

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The first thing that I would check are your cable connections from the starter relay (switch) to the starter, and the battery ground connection at the engine. Make sure that the connections are clean (no corrosion, paint, dirt or oil) and tight. Be careful when loosening and tightening the positive cable connection at the starter, since the connection stud is usually made of brass or copper and will break fairly easily if overtightened. There is usually a second nut on the stud that tightens the stud to the starter. Place a second wrench on this nut when tightening and loosening the cable nut. Clean cable ends and connections with emery cloth and spray off connections with brake cleaner before reinstalling. Coat connections with grease or electrical protector AFTER connections are tightened.

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Have you checked starter relay? That loud click could be relay jamming.

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your starter is bad.... the two contacts inside the solinoid are worn out only way to fix is replace the unit as a whole bet ya you get click click click then my start.. bet my life on this one been fixin toyotas for 20+ years

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SOURCE: chyrsler grand voyager wont start just clicks HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do you mean by bump started? The lights and radio can work, but the battery may be too weak to crank the engine over. The best thing to do would be to drive it to a parts store, where most offer free check of battery and charging system (if you can drive it. If not, 1st remove battery and bring in for testing). The click you hear is classic low battery symptom, although it can be other things. So, 1st get the free test, and post results back here. How old is the battery? (and answer 2 questions!) Thanks

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