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Clicking sound from engine.

When I turn on the ignition a clicking sound comes from the enging compartment and the starter will not engage.

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  • jegs1299 Sep 06, 2009

    The sound is a rapid clicking sound.



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Try replacing the starter the selinod or a brush is burnt out

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If the sound is just one click.Then your starter has gone bad.It is located in the front of the engine underneath:)

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    mike loshbough Sep 06, 2009

    Rapid clicking would be a bad battery or poor battery terminal connections.



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