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My Volkswagen golf won't start tried jumping it and the lights turn on but even then doesn't start but when ever I turn the key over I hear a rapid clicking sound now my guess was a starter but when we replaced it and jumped the car it still doesn't turn on I don't know where to go from here I thought it might be the relay but I'm not too sure need some help please

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I suspect you have a loose or poor connection of the battery cable or ground connection or bad cables. The rapid clicking is the starter solenoid, and it clicks because it is not getting enough current from the battery to energize and turn the starter. Make certain the battery is good, and charged, clean and tighten the battery terminals, check the cables, check the connection at ground and at the starter. I hope this helps steer you to the solution.

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Given the steps you have taken, only one of two things this can be is a resistive connection between the battery and the starter solenoid terminal. Or the battery itself has a bad internal connection. Bear in mind: you cannot crank the engine through the average set of jumper cables unless the battery in the dead vehicle will hold and deliver a good charge. Jumper cables are not really intended to start the car, they are for boosting the good, but low battery in the car being jumped.

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Find the starter loctation. On top of the transmission. There should be a decent sized red wire and a smaller black wire i beleive. Anyway the smaller wire gets power from the ignition switch. Take a test light and while someone its turning the key to start it the test light should light up when touching the smaller wire on the starter. If you are not getting power to that wire it could be a broken wire or your ignition switch. If you are getting power then try tapping on the starter with a screwdriver or hammer. Lightly not to hard. It might start but either way you will need a new starter. Hope this helped

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SOURCE: Car will not start, just makes a clicking sound.

if when you jump it starts its your batt if if keeps dying it your alternator the clicking sound is your statrer which means thats good try the batt when you buy a new one it will have a warranty soo if it dies because the alt you will get a new one batt for free (the alt charges the batt)

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My guess would be a switch (park interlock, brake interlock, etc.), a main fuse (located under the hood), or a starter solenoid. One easy check is to turn the key to start and simultaneously wiggle the shifter or pull it in to the Neutral position.

Good luck.

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