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Car won't start

In my case the starterhadlocked up. Ihad not heard ofa starterocking for many years, but a few taps on the starter provided an imediate solution. Now I want to know if the starter should be replaced or repaired. Any suggestions?

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Its not worth rebuilding the unit, you better off to go ahead and get a rebuilt one, or off ebay or used from a near by junk yard fairly cheap, no head ache.

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My car is not starting just a cluck near the starter and thats it.

Disconnect the big cable that runs from the starter relay to the starter on the relay end. Then get a voltmeter and ground one end and then put the positive end on the big relay terminal that you disconnected the starter cable from. Get inside your car and turn your ignition switch to the start position. The voltmeter should show that voltage is being sent to the starter.

If voltage is being sent through the big terminal going to the starter, the starter is bad. There are no other parts between the big cable of the starter and the solenoid.

Often a couple of taps or hits on the round case of the starter can wake it up for a few last starts.

Although the car is older, some parts offer a Lifetime warranty for a few dollars more. $5 or $10 more for never having to pay for a starter for that car again can save you money.

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I need some help why would a car not start after giving someone a boost off

Well, there could be several. It sounds like you used your car to boost another, and now your car won't start? Could you provide a bit more info, such as: does your starter turn over, is there no electrical power to the starter at all, is there any other oddity occuring as well (ie: erratic dash light behaviour, engine diagnostic lights on, etc), and did anything out of the ordinary occur when you boosted the other car? If you have no power, there is a possibility that the boost may have created a power surge and blown one or more fuses. Check your fusebox, and there may be more than one of those. (under the hood, and/or under the dash) Replace any blown fuses. Then there is even the possibility that boosting the other vehicle might have weakened your battery just enough to fail to turn your engine over.

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check for corrosion at the terminals of the battery and also the starter, if thats clean ,, your starter may be stuck, if you remove the starter you can bench check it by attaching a jumper cable (positive side) to the post for the starter, and tapping the negative side of the Jumper to the case of the starter,, it should Jump into position, Prior to doing that check,, look for any blown fuses, but if its clicking,, Its trying so I doubt its a fuse issue

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That clicking you hear is the starter solenoid. There are two reasons for this, one is not enough power to crank the starter, but it looks like you have ruled out that possibilty. The other is the starter and/or solenoid are going bad. Although sometimes your starter can develop flat spots and prevent starting, If you are handy and can locate the starter, try tapping on it with a rubber mallet then try starting the car.(I've started alot cars w/ starter problems this way) If it starts then it's definatly your starter and it needs to be replaced. Flat spots occur from overcranking which cause's alot of heats, can also be caused by cranking when engine is already running. Anyway here's a few tips and I hope this helps

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