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Low voltage to starter from ignition switch clutch switch checks out ok starter solinod was bad and replaced it 12.6 volts from battery but only 2.5 volts at switch terminal all I get is a clicking noise

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When the car does not want to start you need to check if the starter is not wanting to turn or if it's not getting the 12v need to turn. I'm assuming that you have a voltmeter and test the voltage at the starter when it does not want to turn; if you can see 12v when attempting to start but it does not turn that means your starter is bad.

However if you measure and you don't get the 12v then the ignition cylinder is bad (where you put the key in). This is actually a common problem, when you turn your key it supplies power to your electronics but does not supply power to the starter. Saturns have problems with the ignition cylinder or key cylinder.

Posted on May 31, 2010

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