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Car will not start; replaced battery; don't believe its starter - no clicking sounds at all; seems to be electrical connection or switch - it will start when cold easily - after short trips it just doesn't turn over. flipping gear from P to N and back to P -starts car sometimes. can you help?

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Sounds like its your inhibitor switch. The switch prevents you from starting the car in any gear other than park and neutral

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Jeep wont start, all dash lights come on, turn the key and you hear a clicking after it wants to start.


Sounds like you have a stuck or broken solenoid at your starter:
Starter solenoid (a kind of relay)
In a car the starter solenoid is part of the starting system. The starter solenoid receives a large electric current from the car battery and a small electric current from the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is turned on the small electric current forces the starter solenoid to close a pair of heavy contacts, thus relaying the large electric current to the starter motor.
Starter solenoids are often visible on the outside of the starter.
- If a starter solenoid receives insufficient power from the battery, it will fail to start the motor, and may produce a rapid 'clicking' or 'clacking' sound. This can be caused by a low or dead battery, by corroded or loose connections in the cable, or by a broken solenoid.
- better to replace the solenoid as this may happen again and again
(for emergency use only you may strongly hit the solenoid with a hammer and a long screwdriver to get the stucked free)

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Feb 16, 2015 | Jeep Liberty Cars & Trucks

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I can hear the fuel pump running, lights are on, but won't start the car.


First make sure you have good battery connections. A poor connection will give enough power to turn on head lights but not turn on starter motor. Clean the connections and ensure they are tightened.

If connections are good, check voltage of battery. It should be at least 12 volts.

If battery voltage is low, either charge the battery, or attempt to jump start the car (red to positive terminals, black to negative terminals; attached positive first, prefer to attach negative terminal to a good metal location other than the negative terminal on the battery).

If the starter motor is visible, try tapping lightly with a mallet to free it up. This may or may not work depending on the problem. If the car starts, replace the starter motor anyway or it will strand you again.

Most cars have a starter relay and a fuse for the ignition. Do a Google search on the internet for your model of car, or look in your owners manual to find the location of the solenoid and/or fuse. Replace the fuse if it's burned out. Note that a shorted starter motor could cause the fuse to burn out, so replacing the fuse may not fix the problem. Suspect a shorted starter motor or wire if the fuse burns out again. You may need some professional assistance at this point to check the solenoid.

If the solenoid is bad, it is usually replaced along with the starter. Remove starter motor/solenoid and take to an Autozone or Oreilly or equivalent and have them check its functionality. Be sure to disconnect the battery's negative terminal before removing the starter motor.

If the starter is good, then your problem is likely either your car's security system (check if security light is flashing if you have such) or check the ignition switch. If you have a mechanic friend, see if he can bypass the ignition switch and get the starter motor to turn over.

Poor electrical connections or a bad battery or a bad starter motor/solenoid are the most likely culprits.

Mar 31, 2014 | 1996 Ford Mustang

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Won't start


How about corroded battery cables (internal)

Fusible Link wiring corroded & open circuit,does
everything electrical work except the starting circuit?

Turn key & have power to starter solenoid ?
Neutral Switch !
Ignition Switch !

Tough to guess without wiring diagrams,
to see where to start testing

Can't fix what you don't know you have

Oct 02, 2012 | 1990 Ford F150

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Starter will not turn over long enough to start it kicks out replaced the stater same problem -replaced starter relay- replaced the key switch


I know your problem well. I have experienced it many times over the years with cars, trucks. jeeps and boats. In every case, replacing the starting motor fixed the problem. I am assuming here that the battery and cable connectors are good. A dead battery will give the same clicking sound. A poor or corroded battery cable connection can produce the same clicking noise.If you are trying to save money, remove and clean the battery connector on the starting motor first. Starting motors are usually located in the path of lots of road salt and other contaminants. You will probably end up replacing the starting motor but this is worth a try if cost is important. Make sure the starting motor rebuilder is reputable. Over the years, I have had dozens of starting motors rebuilt. Never once have I needed to have a relay or slave solenoid replaced. I always run a healthy battery and that has helped too.

pounding the top with the hammer help give it the extra jolt to get going, when the power from the battery should be plenty. ( I don't mean the hammer is actually pumping electricity, it moves and frees the dying fly wheel a little.). Try cleaning the battery terminals once more and make sure the connections are right and clean them as well, if that is the case, very very good chance it is your starter.

Oct 25, 2011 | 2005 Jeep Wrangler

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New Battery but it does not want to start. You just hear the clicking sound.


Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. The clicking sound usually means a bad connection. Recheck all your terminals. Clean the post and ends, get rid of any white residue. Make sure no wires are damaged or loose. Make sure the starter is working. Try hitting it a few times, then try to start it. Check your ignition fuse. It is probably good, but check anyway. I believe it is a bad connection to the battery, but it may be the starter. If you have a security light on, it can keep the vehicle from starting also. Pay close attention to the wiring to the battery though. I believe the issue is there. One of the hot side wires from the battery goes to the starter, the other goes to the alternator. Follow the one that goes to the starter. Check for damage or loose connections. Be careful when you are at the starter. The wiring will shock you. Hit it on the body, not the head where the wires are. If it starts when you hit it, the starter is probably bad. If not, check the wiring and clean the post and ends to the battery. If you don't have a good connection, the starter won't crank. Even if the lightd are on inside, still clean it.

Sep 17, 2011 | 2000 Chevrolet Blazer

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We replaced the battery and alternator in our 2003 pontiac grand am about a week ago. Yesturday the battery light came on....We also are having problems when starting the car. When we turn the key...


Hey DaisyMae
I do not believe its the ignition switch.
Sounds more like the battery is not making really good connections or its a bad battery. Take the battery and have the CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) checked.(the true measure of the quality of a battery).. Home Page Reilly Auto Parts These people can check it. If the battery checks good, make sure the battery connections are clean and TIGHT.. NOW - ..IF the same clicking still happens, time to check the starter solenoid and starter, -(make sure their connections are tight) ... the solenoid is located on the starter. IF ya'll are mechanically inclined you can remove the starter/solenoid and it's back to O'Reilly's for a check... Your problem is 99.99% one of these items. (disconnect the battery when removing the starter)..
Please rate as helpful ..if this helps..thanks and good luck.

Jul 09, 2017 | 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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1988 mazda 323 hatchback, 212K miles. Tried to start this morning, no go. Cabin lights and radio came on, ignition switch turns, but no "click-click-click" sound. I think the starter isn't connecting...


I would have the system checked by a starting/charging analyzer. If the draw is 1 or 2 amps and the starter doesn't turn, the starter will have to be replaced to replace the bad solenoid. Also, if the draw is 75 to 125 amps and it doesn't turn, the starter is bad.

Normally, a starter should draw 75 to 125 amps and turn vigorously, assuming the battery connections are ok.

Oct 12, 2010 | 1988 Mazda 323 Hatchback

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Vehicle will click but not start, tried juming still clicks , only 10000 original milesany suggestions


Assuming your battery is properly charged and has a good connection, it's your starter solenoid (relay) that has failed.

The starter solenoid receives a large electric current from the car battery and a small electric current from the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is turned on, a small electric current is sent to the starter solenoid. This causes the starter solenoid to close a pair of heavy contacts, thus relaying a large electric current to the starter motor, which in turn sets the engine in motion.

If a starter solenoid receives insufficient power from the battery, it will fail to start the motor, and may produce a rapid clicking or clacking sound. The lack of power can be caused by a low or dead battery, by corroded or loose connections in the battery cable, or by a damaged positive (red) cable from the battery. Any of these problems will result in some, but not enough, power being sent to the solenoid, which means that the solenoid will simply make a clicking sound, rather than setting the starter motor in motion.

If these items are all okay, it is likely you need to replace the solenoid.

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My '98 S10 ignition switch will click, then work.


first check all cables for corrosion on the battery. then go under the truck and check all cables that are on the starter. if they are clean then replace the starter because the solenoid is going bad.

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if its a standard check the clutch pedal switch if its an auto check the neutral safety switch and check the fuse in the fusebox that says CRANK

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