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Engine clicking when I turn the key but the battery is brand new and charged fully.

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I would check the starter relay and the starter. Also check for good connections for the battery, starter and starter relay.

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I replaced the starter and the battery on my 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette when I turn the key to start I get a click and nothing is there something I'm missing


Try this: Turn on the dome light. When you turn the key to start and hear the click, what does the dome light do? If it stays lit or dims only a little bit, then the battery is OK. If it does completely out, then either the starter is drawing too much current, or the battery charge is too low to turn the starter overt. New batteries are not always fully charged. Now, if there was no problem with the dome light going out, there are a few possible issues:
  1. The new starter is bad.
  2. There is not enough current getting to the starter from the battery. This could be a corroded or loose connection at the starter or battery terminal, or there may be a partially melted fusible link in the cable from the battery to the starter.
  3. The engine may be seized. The starter cannot turn the engine over if the crankshaft is frozen.

Aug 04, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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1999 cougar, brand new battery and terminals. It will not turn over. It won't even click anymore.


1. Make sure your battery is fully charged.
2. Check connections from battery to starter relay.
3. Make sure you have voltage going to the start side (small wire) of the relay with the key in the "start" position.
4. If you don't have voltage going to the start side of the relay (small wire) with key in the start positon, then your starter switch is faulty (under dash usually mounted on top of steering column).
5. If you have voltage to the start side of the relay (small wire) with key in start position, and it don't click when trying to start your car, then the starter relay is bad.
6. If your starter relay clicks, but engine don't turn over, then the starter is faulty.

Dec 08, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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I drove my 2001 Windstar to work with no problem, went out to go to lunch and the engine would not start. Put battery charger on it, but it says it is fully charged.


check and clean the battery posts first. Do the headlights work ok, and dim when you turn key to start?
Any clicking?

Try staarting in neutral. turn key to on, apply brake, shift to neutral, try to start.

report results

Jan 07, 2011 | 2001 Ford Windstar

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When turning the key the SUV just goes click click click. once hooked to jumper cables then it starts.


check voltage to battery, and the charging rate, could be that the alternator is bad. a fully charged battery should read 12.5 volts or higher with engine off, at least 14.0 volts when running. also check all wires to battery etc.

Nov 12, 2009 | 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada

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94 z wont start


You will have to check, at the starter, for power to the SMALL wire on the starter solenoid (which is on the starter) when turning the ignition switch to start.
If there is power to this wire ( usually purple ) and power at the LARGE cable ( from the battery ) at the starter end.....you need a starter.

If you do not have power at the small wire at the solenoid with the key in start position and battery power is OK.....check the safety neutral switch.Moving the shifter around a little can sometimes allow the car to start if the neutral switch is worn.

A new battery does not always mean a fully charged battery.
Try a boost from another car before testing the starter for power.

The battery cables need to be clean and tight....and check the ground to the engine as well.

Everything else may work OK with bad connections,they don't use the power the starter needs to turn the engine over.

Sep 08, 2009 | 1994 Chevrolet Camaro

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1988 nissan300 zx auto non turbo engine will not turn over battery fully charged just clicks when I turn key sounds like click coming from under dash. All gauges work but when turn key all gauges draw down...


You've got to check remove and clean your battery terminals and the connectors.Also check the main ground on the block from the battery negative terminal. Then check the tightness of the large red wire going to the starter from the positive battery terminal. And lastly, make sure the small push on terminal to the starter solenoid is tight. if not remove it and pinch it hard with your thumb and index finger. Push it back into place and see if it will start. If so while it is running check your charging systenm with a voltmeter,it should read between 13- 14.5 volts. If it does not start then jump the battery from another vehicle and then check the charging system. If your charging system is fine and the next morning you cannot get it to turn over you'll need a new battery.

Sep 06, 2009 | 1986 Nissan 300ZX

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When you turn key engine clicks


check your starter.This is based on a new battery should be fully charged.

Jul 04, 2009 | 1998 Toyota Corolla

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I installed a brand new battery and checked all the grounds. it worked long enough for me to turn the engine over. then the starter started clicking as if it were dead. i know the battery is fully charged....


Check the rectifier, its job is to charge the battery whenever the engine is running, however seems to be doing the opposite. Get it repaired or replaced, unless u have plans to junk the vehicle...........sodeep

Jun 11, 2009 | 1995 Mazda B-Series

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