Engine starter barely clicks and sometimes doesn't.
Battery appears good, however could not jump start car with another car. How do I distinguish relay from starter or solinoid? Since this is a manual clutch will jump starting while rolling down cause any problems. I use to do this with an old Volkswagen.
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Re: Engine starter barely clicks and sometimes doesn't.
Mcdevito75 here, Your battery cables could be very dirty, and thus a bad connection to another cars battery, the neautral safety swich in you car may need adjusting or replaceing, the starter and relay or solinoid shoud be 1 unit, the starter itself, have your local auto shop check these items for you.
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Sounds like starter motor given your slow to no turnover, I assume your new battery has full charge, if not, check with meter, it may be a defective battery, or another issue with connections, did you clean cable connections when you put in new battery? I assume your engine was running properly before battery change and is not partially seized due to overheating or low oil.
If the car doesn't start with a jump you might have a bad alternator. The alternator supplies voltage to the car once the engine is running. If the battery is dead, and the alternator isn't putting out sufficient voltage, the engine cannot run. Then again sometimes a car with an extremely dead or internally shorted battery WON'T start with a jump. Replace the battery and try again.
Check the battery like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.
If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Check that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid or starting relay, whichever the car uses.
Hope this helps.
I am the type that likes to jump start a car to troubleshoot it. If you jump start the car and it starts that tells you that the starter and engine is good and the problem is in your battery or alternator. If it doesn't start then I take the serpentine belt off and try to turn the engine with a large wrench. If it rotates, then I replace the starter and starter solenoid.
The clicking sound is coming from your starter solenoid. Which could mean your solenoid or starter or both are bad. But don't rush out and buy replacements until you have troubleshot the problem a little. First, try a jump start. If that works and the car starts, then either your battery is not putting out enough amperage to turn your engine over, which could mean your battery cables are corroded and not making good connection or your alternator is not charging your battery when the car is running. If it started, suggest you take it to an auto parts store and have them test your battery and alternator.
Now if it doesn't start when jump starting, you still need to do some more troubleshooting. Yes, it could be the solenoid and or the starter, but it could also be something internal to the engine. Take off the serpentine belt and try to turn the engine over with a large socket wrench. If it turns, then it is your starter/solenoid, if it doesn't then it is internal to your engine.
Is it one click or multiple clicks. If it's multiple clicks, it sounds like a dead battery. Voltage isn't always an indicator of a good battery, you need to have enough cranking amps to be able to start an engine also. If you have dash lights and it only clicks once, you could have a bad starter. An easy way to check this is to try and jump start the vehicle. If it starts up with a jump start, you need a new battery. If it still doesn't start up and it just clicks, you probably need a new starter.
Check the battery +12v power connection to the starter is in good order,
Check the ground connection between the battery negative and the engine/starter motor is robust and intact.
If no problem with above, replace the starter motor.
Three possibilities I think: First is weak battery. There may be enough juice to light the gauges but it takes power to turn an engine.
Second, bad solenoid. The solenoid is a relay which closes the high current circuit that delivers the cranking power to the starter motor. If you hear clicking in the engine compartment (not the starter) when you turn the ignition switch on it is probably the solenoid engaging and disengaging. However if the battery is weak it won't turn the starter motor. If the solenoid is clicking look at the battery first. The solenoid could be bad but the clicking indicates it's trying to work and there just may not be enough juice to turn over the engine.
Third possibility is the starter motor itself is dead. You have to answer some questions for yourself. Is this an old,neglected car or one that has been taken care of? I would be looking at battery. Can you jump start it? If yes then weak battery is the likely problem. If the car and battery are relatively new and in good condition you should suspect the charging system, that is, the alternator. Did this happen all of a sudden on a car that was running fine recently or has the car been sitting idle for weeks/months.Eliminate the easy stuff. Clean battery terminals? Good battery connections and ground? Try jump start - if yes then follow up battery/charging system. If no start then try to hear for solenoid clicking. If jump start does nothing -figure the solenoid first. If it sounds like solenoid is kicking in but engine does not turn then the starter is looking a little guilty. Jump starting will answer a lot of questions. If the car is really dead then the car that is jumping may have to be connected and revved up a couple minutes to juice up the dead battery enough to turn the starter over. If it turns over a little during the jump start but just barely then you should figure your battery is bad.