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Replaced starter because of clicking sound which made me think it was the solenoid. Battery tested okay. Now it clicks some but eventually starts. Is it the starter relay and were is it located. The maunual says it located in the underhood electrical center. I look in the box over the battery and there is no listing for a starter relay. The box over the battery is called engine compartment fuze box. Car is a 2002 pontiac Montana

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Check that battery connections are clean and check engine ground. Also find what's clicking and make sure it's well connected and working (likely the relay you are looking for.)

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