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Engine cranks but won t start

When I try starting the engine there is only one click coming from the engine which sounds like air is being released or sucked in. After that there is no noise at all.

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Sounds like a solenoid is defective on the starter. This can be tested outside of the car, so remove it and check for continuity. If you are not a technician the required test equipment may not be at hand, and you need a garage to work of the issue.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

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SOURCE: Air sucking noise from below the intake manifold.

Look for a vacuum hose that isn't hooked up

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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SOURCE: check engine light blinking and a sound like air coming from the engine area

I've had the same problem with my 1999 Mazda Protege, 1.6L, Automatic.

The problem was a damaged spark plug, resulting in a loss of compression in one of the cylinders.

Solution: replace all spark plugs and make sure wires are in good condition. I recommend NGK Platinum.

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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SOURCE: clicking noise when trying to start car,battery is ok, wont start

That Clicking is the Battery causing it not to Start. You need to Replace that Battery or at Least put a Charger on it for a Couple of hours to see if you can Salvage it for a While.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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SOURCE: car won.t start makes a clicking sound

this is always the starter solenoid that does this, replace the starter solenoid.

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SOURCE: 1998 chevy venture will not start only starter

battery is dead or too much corrosion on the terminals.

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

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