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When the key is turned over, the engine just clicks

When the key is turned over the car just clicks. the starter is good. the battery is good. the relay switch is good.

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Where did you check battery at . Sounds like a bad battery. Could be a bad cell it might read ok but if a load is on it it wont crank.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014


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SOURCE: When i turn the key

Hello there geddas64,

When it clicks:
- Is it a series of rapid clicks? If so, this usually is indicative of a low battery state. If you have someone to give you a jump, try it again. If the jump works, run it for a while. Stop the engine, then try to restart. If it does the same thing, have both the alternator and the battery checked.

- Is it a single strong CLICK? If so, the problem is either the solenoid or the starter.

The solenoid contacts could be burned.
The starter could be bad.
The connection between the two may be damaged.

If you are comfortable under the truck, pull the starter.

See whats wrong:

  • Get some jumper cables.
  • Attach the negative (black) to the frame of the starter.
  • Keep the red (positive) cable away from the black.
  • Attach the other ends to the battery (+ = red, - = black)
  • Keep your fingers away from the gears.
  • Check the starter by touching the loose red jumper to the connection between the starter and the solenoid. DON'T TOUCH THE FRAME. If it spins, the starter is ok. If it doesn't replace it.
  • Check the solenoid by attaching the red cable to the bigger (and emptier) solenoid terminal.
  • You are going to need a test light or meter.
  • You will see a smaller terminal on the solenoid. Get a screwdriver and use it to cross this with the larger one.
  • You should hear that same CLICK. You should see the gear slide forward . In a perfect world it would spin too.
  • Attach the negative lead of your test light or meter to the frame.
  • Attach the positive lead or probe to the solenoids other large terminal (the one connected to the starter).
  • Recross the red jumper to the small terminal to simulate a start.
  • If the test light fails to light, the solenoid is bad. Replace it.
  • If it lights, check the connection between the solenoid and starter. Disconnect, clean and reconnect.
Thats the whole deal. If you have problems or additional questions, just click the ASK button.

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Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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SOURCE: 2002 Envoy will not turn over.

did you try turning the key all the way over while moving the gearshift selector through all positions.Sounds like gearshift linkage may need adjusted.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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SOURCE: key is on....battery is good....engine won't turn over

Black box (plastic) usually pretty handy to battery, you should see red (usually) cable from battery running to it. Another thing that came to mind, you don't have anti-theft system on that do you? Sometimes they will cause problems after a dead battery. Try using your key & valet key to unlock the doors, manually especially drivers.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: 2006 yukon wont start. Replaced battery and

check the lead wire to s terminal on the starter, it should have voltage with the key on start

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 03 GMC envoy..wont start all

Try giving the starter a whack with a hammer or end of broomstick if it tries or goes, replace the starter

Posted on Jan 22, 2011

Testimonial: "actually the soleniod.or maybe just the terminals to it.they were a little corroded.i loosened the nuts and sprayed and cleaned it works."

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Why does starter solenoid click & not turn engine over on 1993 GEO Prizm?

Attach a voltmeter on to the starter motor that is known to be good. If the voltage goes below 9 VDC with a known to be good battery we can assume that the engine is requiring excessive torque to rotate.

If possible using a torque wrench determine the rotation torque of the damper pulley. Find equivalent motor in another car and compare rotation torque. If excessive check engine.

Change oil and observe for water in the oil an indication of a gasket failure and water has replaced the lubercant. This is common in marine but antifreeze still has poor lubrication properties in cars.
A second test is the current at or above 9 VDC at the starter during crank. The current should be less than 400 amps. If the amperage at a no crank is excessive than the engine is seized.

If the car is standard shift I would but the car in high gear and push the car observing the force required. If it seems reasonable push the car and jump start the engine.

If it starts and runs and can idle OK it may be just the alignment between the starter and the flywheel?

It is also possible the the crankshaft is failing and the flywheel is wobbling. The failure would be a fracture in the crank.
With starter removed observe if the flywheel has any run-out as you rotate it from the damper.

Hope this helps?

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My 2003 Denali won't start I turn the key and just get a fast clicking noise good battery new starter and all power works

Where's the clicking noise coming from ? Under the dash , under the hood in the engine compartment ? Do starter circuit voltage drop test ! When the key is in start position is there constant B+ voltage at the 10 amp crank fuse in the under hood fuse box ? This is an input to the PCM - engine computer to energize the starter relay ! Starter Voltage Drop The battery is good , starter is new ,what about the cables ? watch this video on testing starter circuit !

Aug 26, 2016 | 2003 GMC Yukon Denali

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Royal star wont start, lights work, no starter turning over engine.

-If starter spin it self or you head it click but not spin the engine. >> Need new starter.
-If no click or not thing at all>>>Check battery cable from battery to starter and the line from the ignition to the solenoid.

Good Luck


Oct 15, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Won't start

so stop guessing, buy an $10 voltmeter (walfart has one)
and do simple tests. all very easy, ask.
the first step is jumper cable starts, ! cranks/ pass/fail??????
my guess, this fails.
if my car dont jump start, (i can coast start my car)
i check battery voltgage, alhhhhhh 12.6vdc, good. 10v bad.
i then hot wire the starter solenoid.
dead, (or clicks) , starter bad, big cables to it bad,(x2) or engine seized. (or battery bad, blow 10v cranking is bad battery 99%
i hand turn engine by hand, it dont turn, it's seized.
it turns by hand; good.!
so lets say the hot wire test works (keys in pocket cranks but dont start now , because my keys are in my pockets for safety)

that means the KEY LINE Is dead (small wire to starter solenoid)
see here. works for all cars. (not hacked key lines, etc.)

Jan 19, 2014 | 2000 Toyota Camry

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Car will not crank and the timing chain is fine

Well, that's good, but even if the chain was broke, the starter would still be tryiing to start the car. Since your starter wont crank the engine over, your start circuit has a malfunction. Possibly the starter went out, so you need to have that tested for a malfunction. A simple test of part of the circuit is to turn the key to on.. Now your dash warnimg lights (oil, alternator, and check engine light) should be on. Are they on, and your gauges working? If not you have lost power to the ignition switch, so check your battery connections. If the key switch turns the dash on, then turn key to start. Do you hear a click from the engine area? If not, have the starter checked. If you do hear a click, or several clicks, then power from the switch is causing that click, probably at the starter. Turn the headlights on and observe them. Are they bright? If not, charge the battery up. If they are bright, watch them while a helper turns the key to start. If the lights go dim in start, probably a bad starter. If the lights don't dim, it could be a bad connection somewhere, like the battery or starter. Good luck

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I pulled the starter,alternator & battery they all checked good and ity still wont turn over what could it be?

If you can hear the starter click or engage when you try to start . Either the battery has low voltage or the engine has seized. You can check the engine by putting a wrench on the crank pulley bolt and try to turn by hand.Make sure to disconnect the battery first. If the engine turns it's good. If the starter is making a loud grinding noise but does'nt turn the engine. It's your flywheel/flexplate. Also make sure your battery connections are clean and tight for proper voltage delivery. I'm not sure if your car would have a fuse or power relay for the starter,but it might be worth checking out. If you do not hear a click from the starter when you turn the key it could be a short in the ignition switch.Not the key tumbler,the electrical switch is behind the ignition key tumbler. Hope this helps. Other than this you may need a repair manual to trace the wiring of the starting system and fusable links.

Jul 25, 2011 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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My car wont crank, replaced solinoid and starter tested good, and battery is good, but when i turn key will not crank, just clicks.

Heres a good test to test the solenoid and the starter, make sure the car is in park and turn the key on, using a screw driver jump the solenoid and see if it spins the engine or clicks, if you look at the solenoid you will see a small wire and the two connections for battery cables,locate the connection that the battery goes to ,the other big connection will be the cable to starter, take the battery connection and jump it to the small wire connection, if it clicks then you must have a bad starter or bad connection at the starter, also another test is to turn the headlights on and try to start the car while someone watches the lights, if the lights go out then you have a bad connection at battery or the ground to engine. start with these tests and let me know what happens, good luck.

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The car does't start

I dont no what model good car you have but the problem you have if the starter just clicks and dosent turn over the engine its Either BATTERY is 50% nogood or the starter motor is poling (shorting inside) or rhe starter bendix isent throughing out or the solenoid is shorting inside OR the engine is siezed up,,,,, But i dont think its the engine so start off with
Turn on headlights ,then turn the key to start Does your lights go out or dim (if yes) jump start from another car ,, if it starts GOOD then battery isent any good,,.
If not and the starter still just clicks or clunks then the starter is faulty BUT before taking it off turn the engine over by hand just a little and try the key again, if no go then take the starter off and away for testing
Let me know how you get on have a goodday Ron
Theres more to check so keep in touch..

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Does not start, god battery, and starter, no power going starter

Most likely bad cell on battery with not enough amerage or the solenoid on the starter is going bad. Turn car to on and Jumper the solenoid if it starts replace starter as that part is hard to get on its own.

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Won't start good battery but I hear a click but won't turn over..

Check for a good ground at engine end of negative cable. check starter end of positive as well. Click tells you that either the starter relay is getting signal from key switch and is not responding or that starter solenoid (on starter) is doing the same. If there id 12v at the starter main lead and 12v at the smaller starter terminal with key in start position, change the starter.(providing good ground and connections have been verified) If there is no power at small lead, suspect the relay has failed.(in power distribution box near battery)

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