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Car turns over but will not start

Car would not turn over, only starter clicked. Found loose battery terminal and tightened. Now car turns over fine, but will not start. Probable fuel issue. Any thoughts? Thanks, Danny

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Follow the fuel line toward the intake.
Look for a cap/valve in that line.
remove cap and you should see a little needle valve very much like the tire valve stem.
With the ignition on, the fuel pump will pressure this line up.
If you press that little valve stem down, fuel will shoot out. (that means you are getting fuel)
*protect the area and your eyes for squirting fuel*
If you don't see fuel, you most likely have a bad pump.

If you do get fuel, You need to check for spark.

Pull a spark plug wire off the spark plug and get a long screwdriver....stick the tip of the screwdriver into the plug wire and make contact with the metal inside.

Carefully hold the handle of the screwdriver (not the metal) and hold any part of the metal of the screwdriver very close to some metal part on the engine. (about 1mm away)

Have someone try to start the engine and you will look for a small spark jumping between the metal of the engine and the metal of the screwdriver.

You can also hit youtube videos for "How to check for spark in your engine"

Hope this helps you narrow down the issue.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014


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SOURCE: 2002 pontiac grand Am

Replce the Starter Relay in the Fuse Box under the Hood.

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SOURCE: clicking when i turn the key

This is caused by the contacts being burned in the starter solenoid, just the solenoid contacts can be replaced, you have to pull the starter to do this, the new contacts are available from

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SOURCE: starter issues

I would first verify battery power, Once you have proper power there, either via a good trickle charger or battery replacement, I would check the fuseable links mounted right at the "hot" side of the starter. Just follow the 4 gauge wire from the battery to the 15mm/13mm nut on the starter. Make sure you have power to both sides of the wire with a test light. THis is the only wire that supplies the power for the relay fuse box. So either your not making power, or the power isn't reaching this box. Let me know how you make out.

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SOURCE: car wont start...sometimes

Sounds like a bad starter solenoid, usually cheapest and easiest to replace the starter and solenoid as a unit. It is always best to check for power between the solenoid and the starter with a test light, if the solenoid clicks but the test light doesn't light up you have found the problem in the solenoid.

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SOURCE: clicking starter=car not starting

this may be same thing thing as found on volvo 940 you have a large double relay both for fuel pump and allso for starting

Posted on May 04, 2009

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