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Turn the ignition, just clicks one time, not a series like when starter wont catch. Sounds like a relay maybe? Click comin from center of dash or under hood ?

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  • cbrown4756 Dec 09, 2009

    what about the solenoid switch located on the firewall? Thats what seems to be clicking. The battery has about 750 ccamps. Just needs to be charged a bit.

  • cbrown4756 Dec 10, 2009

    Ok, replaced solenoid behind battery and replaced starter. Now it clicks real fast.???

  • cbrown4756 Dec 10, 2009

    took the battery to Auto Zone. They analyzed and gave me a print out that says, voltage 12 measured 751cca rated 850 cca
    battery is good but low on charge.

  • cbrown4756 Dec 10, 2009

    jump started. Started slow but started up. So is it the battery or maybe a connection bad?

  • cbrown4756 Dec 10, 2009

    Thanks for the quick follow up. Its 20 degrees outside and I didnt want to freeze my **** off and have to work all day on this.

  • cbrown4756 Dec 10, 2009

    hooked up to battery terminals



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Hello cbrown.
Verify your battery is in a good state of charge and the terminals are clean.
I suspect your starter solenoid is what you hear clicking. It is mounted on the starter.
Check for corroded terminals on the solenoid and pay close attention to the braided wire that leads into the starter from the solenoid as they tend to rot and lose continuity.
The bolts that retain the starter to the transmission also are the ground point. Verify they are tight and clean.
If those items are good you will need to replace the starter.


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  • FUBAR Dec 09, 2009

    The solenoid behind the battery is a possible problem.
    It is not common to have a problem with them around here but it is something I should have mentioned.
    Check terminals for corrosion or burn marks.
    If you have a test light check the output terminal for voltage when you turn the key to start position.
    If it lights the light you have output to the starter.
    If you have any more questions please get back to me. I will check in.


  • FUBAR Dec 10, 2009

    Are you sure your battery is OK?
    How did you test it to confirm it had 750 CCA capability?
    A chattering solenoid is usually indicative of a lack of voltage/amperage to hold the plunger down.
    Do you have a set of booster cables? Try giving it a boost to verify battery isn't the issue here.


  • FUBAR Dec 10, 2009

    Do you have 12 volts at the large battery terminal on the starter and the battery side of the starter relay solenoid?

  • FUBAR Dec 10, 2009

    Sure looks like a battery issue to me.
    Maybe get it checked by someone else.

  • FUBAR Dec 10, 2009

    When you jump started did you hook up to the battery terminals on your truck or did you hook up the negative to the engine block?

  • FUBAR Dec 10, 2009

    Ok. Just wanted to verify the battery issue. I was thinking the other possibility was a bad ground to the engine.
    Glad to hear you got it going.




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