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My 1909 Buick Century starter makes a clunk sound, when I turn the key but wont turn over, could this be the solenoid?

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A clicking noise is the solenoid. A clunking noise sounds like the solenoid engages the starters drive to the flywheel although the drive is worn out. From the age of the whole starter assembly replace the complete starter instead

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The starter have someone bang on it while you attemp to start it, or replace it

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The starter motor continues to run when the car is running on a 1999 Buick century


The Starter motor can keep running because of a number of things. It receives its power from the large contacts (switch) in the starter solenoid. WHen engaged, this starter sol. allows high current 12 volts to run the starter motor.
A number of things can cause the starter solenoid to stay engaged:
A) stuck starter solenoid mechanicals. probably not the cause
B) more likely a defective start position on the ignition switch in the ignition switch
C) possibly a gummed up ignition key tumbler
I would start troubleshooting with a schematic. Make your own or purchase a service manual. IF you pull off the wire from the switch (in the center console) which actuates the starter solenoid, and the starter motor continues to run, then its not the switch or the key tumbler. its the solenoid.
Troubleshooting is the logical process of elimination.

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The solenoid located on the starter motor is going bad. You do NOT have to get a whole starter to fix this. Just replace the solenoid. You can get that part at any auto parts store.

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My car makes a big clunk when I am coming to a stop and engine shuts off , I have a 95 buick century with 70000 miles on it. it happens after the engine has been running over twenty minutes.


this sounds like the transmission locking torque converter clutch is not disengaging, this will kill the engine. This problem is most often caused by a defective TCC solenoid.

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