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Turn the key it just clicks , the key ignition did,nt work so I instaled a push buten start, the starter was missing a bolt and was loss. afterthat it was starting right up.

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I pulled the starter,alternator & battery they all checked good and ity still wont turn over what could it be?


If you can hear the starter click or engage when you try to start . Either the battery has low voltage or the engine has seized. You can check the engine by putting a wrench on the crank pulley bolt and try to turn by hand.Make sure to disconnect the battery first. If the engine turns it's good. If the starter is making a loud grinding noise but does'nt turn the engine. It's your flywheel/flexplate. Also make sure your battery connections are clean and tight for proper voltage delivery. I'm not sure if your car would have a fuse or power relay for the starter,but it might be worth checking out. If you do not hear a click from the starter when you turn the key it could be a short in the ignition switch.Not the key tumbler,the electrical switch is behind the ignition key tumbler. Hope this helps. Other than this you may need a repair manual to trace the wiring of the starting system and fusable links.

Jul 25, 2011 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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Ignition switch turns , all dash lights come on but the starter won't even click. this happened periodically. Now it doesn't start. Any clues??? Thanks. Mike


REPLACE YOUR IGNITION SWITCH .THIS SWITCH IS UNDER DASH ON STEERING COLUMN.ITS NOT THE KEY SWITCH. THIS SWITCH IS BOLTED TO COLUMN .YOU HAVE AROD THAT RUNS FROM KEY SWITCH TO THIS ONE WHEN YOU TURN KEY IT PUSHES THIS ONE ON AND SENDS POWER TO STARTER ,ECT. IT A PLASTIC SWITCH ON A METAL FRAME W/WIRES PLUG-IN AND BOLTS TO STEERING COLUMN. BY THE WAY JUST REPLACED ONE ON A S-10 YESTERDAY SAME PROBLEM AN I AM A MECHANIC.

Dec 26, 2010 | 1994 Dodge Ram 2500

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Car won't start, key turns, and ignition clicks and car has electric power. Could it be a spark plug problem?


Can not be the spark plugs. When plugs are bad, car starts, but misses and misfires. If the ignition clicks and engine does not turn over, then you must have either a starter motor, or starter solenoid gone bad.

Jun 21, 2010 | 2000 Ford Focus

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How many starter relays on a 96 VW Jetta. I changed the one under the dash and it is still not starting. I changed the starter. You can hear the relay click but it doesn't turn over.


It might be ignition switch , they do go bad a lot on this cars.
Try to turn key all the way to the limit and still give it some push when you try to start the engine.
If it starts , you need new ignition switch.

May 24, 2010 | 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

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Went out to go to store Turn key just here hum


might have been the starter turnig but not moving gear out to drive the flywheel.if it only hums when you turn the key to stat it is most likely a bad starter.if you can get at the starter to tap it with a hammer or steel object while someone turns key it may start for you

Mar 20, 2010 | 1998 Saturn SW

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Clutch cranks my car


I suspect the starter solenoid,mounted on the starter was 'stuck' on the engaged position.operation in the condition you describe has caused it's failure.starter needs to be replaced.

Oct 10, 2009 | 1995 Ford Escort

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1999 Camry; Starter won't work when engine is cold


There are contacts located inside the solenoid of the starter that fail with age.

As the contacts where down, the starter likes to 'stick' and can take many tries to start, often requiring jostling like turning the wheel.

There are two options to correct this. The first obviously is to replace the starter.
To save some money you can replace the contacts instead.

Doing this requires unhooking your battery and removing the starter from the car.
Then remove the access plate on the back of the solenoid (3 8mm bolts), take out the plunger and spring. From there you can see the copper contacts, and how they have worn. Remove the 12m and 14mm on either side of the housing and push the bolts through to release the contacts and install new in the same order they came apart.

If you are taking this to a repair shop, be advised most independent shops will just try to sell you a $450 starter. Provide them these instructions or take it to a Toyota dealer and ask for "starter contacts" and they will know exactly what you need.

Sep 20, 2009 | 1999 Toyota Camry

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Starter issues


i would say that the starter is done....

what happens when a starter is giving up on you, is it will be a lot harder to turn then it will finally start the car....

what a lot of people don't figure out is when it's harder to turn it takes all the juice from your battery so you think you have a battery problem...

you can have your starter rebuilt but usally it is cheaper to get a new one....

concerning the bolts i think it is a two bolts

Apr 29, 2009 | Ford Ranger Cars & Trucks

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Old style starter relay wiring


Normally on the old style starter solenoid/relay you have two large bolts for the battery and starter cables to attach to. There are two other smaller bolts that are used for the starter actuation. The "I" is used to add voltage to the points so the engine will start while the solenoid is in the start position, the other "S" goes to the start button or start side of the ignition switch. Old style ignitions used to drop the voltage to the coil during start and the engine would turn and turn until the key was released and then the engine would catch and start. To cure this they made the solenoids were designed to give temp power to the ignition system when cranking and starting. Hope this helps, RAC

Apr 13, 2009 | 1985 Ford Mustang

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1991 Nissan 240SX starter will not turn!


If you've applied 12VDC to the solenoid and it does nothing, not even click, then the solenoid is toast!

Mar 22, 2009 | 1989 Nissan 240SX

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Hi there, I have a 1990 Volkswagen Jetta Flair 2. I've had the car for about a year now and overall it's been an excellent car for it's age. However, there's always something that needs to be fixed and lately I've had throttle response problems. I do not have any mechanical backround, so I will describe it as best as I can. For one, it seems apparent this is an issue when the engine is cold (or not sitting in the sun all day). I will put the foot down, and it won't respond until it gets to about 3000rpm (right around when I'm thinking about changing gears), and then it rocket ships forward. Before it finally responds, there's a lot of shaking going on in the engine bay. It doesn't sound pleasant either. I took it in for an oil change, and they put fuel injector in it and it seemed to be a temporary solution. Whatever the case, there's a poor connection between me putting the throttle down and the car responding to the action. I do rev it up before I get going, but it's kind of futile. So as a result, I have a tendency to stall in first gear at low speeds as the gas doesn't react when I want it to, and the clutch is usually released by that point. After about 5-10 minutes of constant driving, it will accelerate smoothly. If you can point me in the right direction, whether it's "fuel" related, or it's some sort of heat sensor (I have no idea what I'm talking about), let me know if you've had similar experiences. All my repairs have cost me less than a 100 each time, I want to keep it that way.

Sep 05, 2013 | 1990 Volkswagen Jetta

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