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Starter solenoid chatters but starter will not turn over

Could it be flooded?

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  • Jim adams
    Jim adams Apr 14, 2014

    When Iturn the ignition key I (sometimes) get a grunt and then I get a chattering noise until I turn the key off.


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Have the battery tested, even if you just got it. Tighten and clean cables at starter and at battery as well.

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My s10 when turn key on it makes couple clicking sounds then everything goes dead. Tried few times an wont start what may be the problem

The "clicking" is usually the starter solenoid chattering. This can be caused by:
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  2. Bad Starter
  3. Weak battery not supplying enough current to engage starter.
Turn on the interior dome light. When you crank the engine, if the light dims slightly, the battery is probably OK. If it goes out, or blinks at the rate of the clicking noises, have the battery tested.

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Starter chattering away, will not crank engine.

One last test before pulling the starter off to test it. Do a voltage drop test on your positive cable. If you don't know how, go to youtube and watch videos. Just remember, this test only works when current is being passed through a wire or cable, so you will need a helper to hold key in start. This test will tell you if you are losing voltage anywhere between the positive battery post and the cable connection on the starter. If you are getting no loss of voltage at the starter, then it is time to pull the starter off. You can also test the ground cable for any fault.

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I assume you are hearing a starter Relay/solenoid chattering. That's usually caused by:

A dead battery.

A loose connection on Battery or start relay/solenoid.

Bad connection at starter or bad starter.

Good Luck

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Wont turn over, solenoid on starter just chatters, just replaced tranny and now wont start

hit your starter with a hammer or something big. no joke. if that works then its time for a new starter to. also while your under there check if the wire connected to your starter is properly connect at both ends

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Have a 2009 Maxima, Starter solenoid chatters but will not engage. How do I remove starter to have it checked? Can I get to it from the top of engine?

Before you condem the starter check all electrical connections to make sure they are tight & clean & positive battery cable for any signs of corresion as this too will cause solenoid to will find it easier to remove starter from bottom of engine & remove any obstacles in your way remove electrical connections from starter mark there locations to the starter so you can put them back in their proper place remove starter heat sheilds if any remove starter bench test remove or replace as needed post if any more problems

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Electricity not getting to starter. Using a screwdriver to start it. Now it sounds flooded, won't turn over

Sounds like a faulty starter solenoid. Some of these solenoids supply ignition power during start up. If you're bypassing it, you wont be getting any spark and therefore flooding the engine. Replace the solenoid.

Feb 21, 2011 | 1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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My car just clicks when i try to start it new batt & alt

The starter solenoid may be faulty. The following procedure explains how to inspect and test the solenoid.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Inspect the starter and solenoid for corrosion or looses connections.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Remove the starter relay from the PDC. Connect a remote starter switch or a jumper wire between the battery positive post and terminals 87 of the starter relay connector.
  5. If the engine cranks, the starter and solenoid are OK.
  6. If the engine does not crank, or the solenoid chatters, check the wiring and connectors from the relay to the solenoid for loose or corroded connections. Particularly the starter terminals.
  7. Repeat the test. If the engine still fails to crank properly, trouble is within the starter or solenoid.


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When i turn the car on you hear a clicking sound, but the car won't turn over

The initial diagnosis is a flat battery. (This should give you a continuous chatter). Failing that as a solution the starter is faulty and what you hear is the solenoid on the starter pulling in but the starter is not responding. It could be worn brushes in the starter or bad contacts in the solenoid itself. If it is just a soft click, the relay for the starter solenoid is working but the solenoid is inoperative

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2 Battery died and Replaced also Starter still no start just loud click from new starter and does not turn over engine but can be push started by pop clutch and runs fine

Assuming you replaced the solenoid with the starter, it may be the relay. If the relay is not making a good connection, it might have trouble throwing the solenoid. The relay should be in the relay box under the hood. You can break the relay open and watch it work while someone turns the key to verify the problem.

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Water in engine.

Boy you must have tall ankles where you come from ?

Water should not have flooded into the engine unless you hit the water at speed and it was sucked into an air inlet.

It is more than likely that you have flooded the starter motor and the solenoid is chattering.

It should dry out itself or try putting it in the garage with a fan heater blowing underneath the car for a few hours.

Dont put the heater too close to the bodywork , as long as there is a warm airflow the water should dry out

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