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Truck ran good turned it off and the starter turns the engine over but it doesn't start.

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Have the battery checked if it does not charge when the engine is running. Most cars would require 12.3v and above to start and most batteries at good charge fall into 12.3v-12.8v when the engine is off while 13.5v-14.5v when the engine is running. Have the the voltage checked when you finally have the car running. It may be caused by the alternator not giving enough juice or the battery may go out.

Have the vacuum hoses and wires checked for any loose connections or corrosion. The ECU may have detected an error. If you have a scanner handy, you may use it to scan for errors detected and it would lead you to the cause of the problem. If there are none, it could be caused by low or no fuel supply. Have the filter checked if it needs replacing or check if any fuel is coming out of the fuel line.

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Dangerous practice to try & jump a dead battery

The battery cables could be loose at either end or corroded internally

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You do not want to jump any vehicle made after the
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Your listening for the starter

Your not clear on the starter turning the engine or
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This car also uses a starter relay. According to my data base, it is located foreward of the right front shock tower and the second one in from the engine side.

Check for solid grounds from the battery to the engine. Corroded connections will peform worse when they are cold, sometimes, even causing an open circuit.

I hope this has pointed you somewhere in the direction you need to be looking

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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.

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