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Had new solenoid and drive put on starter now battery will not stay charged. It drains battery even if you are not cranking it.

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Bad starter going to ground probably bad winding.replace the starter

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2010 gmc seirra hybrid 6.0 won't start but all lites and everything works fine. But there's a constant clicking up by fuse box under hood


constant clicking means the solenoid for your starter motor is either:
- Defective (not likely- since the click means it was working momentarily)
- Not getting enough power to stay on (battery is good for light, not for amperage of starter motor)
- Turns itself off due to overload amperage (seized starter motor/engine)

The clicking is commonly just an indicator of a dead battery; the solenoid clicks- connects power to the huge drain of the starter motor- then, as the amperage draw "browns out" the battery, not enough power is left to keep the solenoid on- clicks off. power drain is gone- solenoid clicks back on- (repeat until battery is REALLY too dead to even get the solenoid to click)

Its important to note that interior lights, dashboards, and stereos draw very little power, an are not good indicators of battery charge.

I would recommend getting a jump-start from somebody, before doing anything more intense. After engine is running, maybe bring it to a mechanic to check its battery charging circuit.

Dec 03, 2015 | GMC Cars & Trucks

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There is confusion when a car won't start because a starter can be shorting/binding and drawing too much current or have a discontinuity and not draw enough, or a battery can have too little current or have a discontinuity preventing it from providing enough. But it is possible to tell with just a simple voltmeter or even a test light.

First you check battery terminal for being clean and greased, belts tight, enough battery water, engine not binding, etc.

Then test the battery with the engine off, and expect 12.5 volts. If less, then charge it up or replace it.

Then when you try to crank the starter, it should drop to about 10 volts.
If it does nothing and stay above 12, then it could be the ignition switch, neutral/clutch safety switch. See if the current gets to the starter solenoid. If it is getting current or it clicks, the starter solenoid is not closing the current to the starter field windings. That could be because the solenoid is bad, or the field could be burned out and open. You could try to shunt the solenoid, but it is probably easiest to just get a new starter.

If the voltage drops down to 9 or less, then either the battery does not have enough reserve, or the starter is shorting/binding and drawing too much current. The way to tell is what happens when you stop trying to crank. If the battery really is bad, it will not come back up to 12 volts, at least not right away. But if it was the starter, then it should come back to 12 when you stop drawing on it. (But don't try to crank it too long.)

Finally, lets assume you do get it started, either with a new battery, charging the old one, replacing the starter, fixing switch, etc. Then when you rev the engine, it has to put out over 13.5, so that it can charge the battery. Over 14.5 would be bad because it would overheat the battery and dry it out. But with less then 13.5, even a new battery will not last more than a couple of days. But at idle speeds expect only 12.5 or so. If you don't have a voltmeter, you can see the headlight brighten slightly when reving up.

on Jul 19, 2010 | Volkswagen Beetle Cars & Trucks

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My truck won't start. It won't turn over... only clicking noise.. even with a jump. the headlights work but very dimly.. orange lights next to headlights flash on and off dimly consistently as well...


When a battery is very low, even a jump won't work because the battery takes too much out of the jump. Take the battery out and have it charged up.
If it won't take a charge, get a new one.
But also make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are shiny and greased.

If you really want to be sure, put a voltmeter on it.
A good battery should be 12.5.
When you crank it should go down to about 10.
If it goes below 9, either the battery is too low, or the starter is draining too much.
If it never goes below 11, it is not draining enough, and the solenoid is probably bad.
If when you stop cranking, it comes back up to over 11, then the battery is good, so the starter is probably bad.

May 06, 2011 | 2008 Toyota Tacoma

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I have a 91 f-150 and the it has problems with solenoids .its a brand new solenoid jus put on last week and a brand new one was on it jus before this one and it went bad to kept draining the battery. the...


Unfortunately it sounds like a defective solenoid.

You might want to consider spending the higher ticket price for an OEM part in this case, and before you put it on I'd have the starter bench tested, my be drawing too many amps.

Hope this helps.

Feb 23, 2011 | 1991 Ford F150

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I have a 98 jeep grand cherokee limited v8 and the battery keeps draining when the vehicle is off. It'll start fine after being jumped so we let it run to charge the battery back up for about half an hour...


MAKE SURE BATTERY CABLES IS CLEAN FREE FROM CORROSSION. MAKE SURE BATTERY CABLES GOOD TIGHT.IF ALL IS OKAY. WELL I HAVE SEEN A GOOD BATTERY CAN ALSO BE BAD.I KNOWN PERSON BOUGHT NEW BATTERY DIDNT LAST A WEEK.IT HAD A FACTORY DEFECT ALTERNATOR WAS GOOD.DO A QUICK CHECK TO SEE IF ALTERNATOR CHARGING BATTERY.CRANK VECHICLE UP CHECK VOLTAGE OUT PUT AT BATTERY.IT SHOULD BE 13.5 - 14.5 VOLTS.IF NOT ALTERNATOR NOT WORKING CHECK ALTERNATOR FUSE AND WIRES.MAKE SURE THEY ARE INTACT.IF ALTERNATOR GOOD.HAVE THE BATTERY LOAD TEST TO SEE IF YOU HAVE A BAD CELL IN IT.IF BATTERY IS GOOD.BATTERY DRAIN CAN BE CAUSED BY RADIO STAYING ON.THE INTERIOR LAMP STAYS ON.FAULTY PCM SHORTING OUT.FAULTY DOOR LOCK SWITCH.FAULTY BLOWER MOTOR RELAY.FAULTY ALTERNATOR DIODE.FAULTY STARTER SOLENOID SHORTING CONTACTS WILL DRAIN BATERY.

Jun 26, 2010 | Cars & Trucks

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I have changed both the alternater and starter


This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine. Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

Feb 04, 2010 | 1992 Plymouth Acclaim

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My battery will not hold a charge. I suspect it is the alternator, but at $269.00 I would like to know if there is something else that could cause this?...he battery has been replaced.


what you do is uhook alternater wires and tape let car sit and see, if battery goes dead then thats not the problem. also have charging system and battery checked first. hope this helps.

Oct 09, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet Impala

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1991 mustang 2.l starter staying engaged


what happens if you pull the shift lever into gear to cut off the neutral-park safety switch? This cuts pwer from the key to the starter solenoid. If that fixes it, replace the igniton switch.

Mar 16, 2009 | 1991 Ford Mustang

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1991 mustang 2.3l starter staying engaged


which solenoid did u replace? the one on the starter or the main on up top near the battery, those are the ones that stick closed and keep the starter engaged. here is a picture.
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Mar 16, 2009 | 1991 Ford Mustang

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1993 Ford Thunderbird- New battery & alternator & car won't start


if the car is an auto please check the switch on your auto box also starter soleniod part of starter motor try and check power to soleniod when turning key and check your soleniod connections

Jan 13, 2009 | 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX

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