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97 dodge Dakota sometimes when starting I hear a click then nothing if I turn the key again it starts

After the click if I try it again it starts fine

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The starter solenoid is going bad. Check for voltage at the solenoid when u first start it and if u have voltage and it clicks, replace entire starter

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Check everything involving the starter circuit. Just to make sure, before you buy .

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, and proper voltage at the starter.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear or starting relay, Have someone bang on the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging the bendix gear..
Hope this helps.

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