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When I turn the ignition my car only produces a

When I initially turn the ignition my car only produces a clicking sound, but, after repeated attemps... it finally starts.

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This sounds like it could be your starter acting up .Especially if there is just one click when turning the key.

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That usually points to the starter. Options to look at are:

1. Make sure the Battery Cables are tight on the battery and corrosion free.
2. Make sure the wires going to the starter (usually underneath the car...check a Haynes or Service Manual to be sure) are tight and the connectors are free of corrosion.
3. If cleaning the cables and the wires to starter don't help, perhaps looking at a new starter is an option. Some auto places will test starters, so if you are able to pull it out, they could perhaps test it for you.

*****Always make sure if you are dealing with any wiring or cables related to the car's electrical system, you disconnect the battery. Negative first, then Positive.

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YOU WILL NEED TO REPLACE THE STARTER OR THE STARTER SOLENOID, IT COMES AS ONE PIECE REBULIT OR IN SEPERATE PARTS NEW.

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Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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