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When I try to start my car it only clicks and does not turn over.. I tapped on the starter and it worked for a bit but now it's totaly dead. could there be another reason other than the starter??

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Check your battery voltage simple test turn your lights on then try to start the car if your lights go out you have a low voltage problem

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If manual, did you try to push the vehicle a little bit to rotate the flywheel a bit?

Other things: Poor ground either at the starter or frame - check battery ground to chassis as well.

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