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The engine seems to have shut down. I have power to start the radio, but when I start the car, the starter rapidly clicks, but the engine won't turn over. It all started with the engine shutting down due to low oil I believe. I've added oil, but it still won't start. What can I try?

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First try boosting car with extra battery, attach posotive cable of booster battery to posotive cable of your battery and negative cable of booster battery to engine block, never to negative post of your battery, If it still does not turn over,Try turning over the motor with a socket and stong arm attched to crankshaft bolt. It could be that your motor has seized due to lack of lubrication

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My 2002 Expedition lights, radio, and horn blows but will not start or boost???


THIS ALL DEPENDS ARE YOU GETTING A RAPID CLICKING NOISE OR JUST ONE CLICK WHEN YOU TURN THE KEY OR TOTALLY NOTHING AT ALL MOST LIKELY THE POWER DISTRIBUTION BOX CABLE CONNECTOR IS DIRTY OR CORRODED AND NEEDS TO BE CLEANED IT ALSO COULD BE YOUR BATTERY CABLES EVENTHOUGH THERE'S POWER AND THE HORN AND LIGHTS WORK THERE MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH VOLTAGE FOR THE STARTER TO (A)CRANK (B) THE STARTER ITSELF CAN BE GONE BUT IT'S BEST TO TRY THE THINGS I'VE LISTED FIRST ELECTRICAL CLEANING ALL CONNECTORS RELATED TO THE BATTERY STARTER AND POWER DISTRIBUTION BOX THEN LET THE BATTERY CHARGE UP HOOKED UP FOR 15 MINUTES DO NOT TURN THE KEY JUST LET IT TAKE THE POWER THEN UN HOOK THE CABLES AND TRY TO START IT THIS IS BECAUSE YOU WILL BLOW OUT THE ALTENATORS IN BOTH CARS EVEN IF THERE'S A FRAME GROUND FROM TO MUCH RACING THE ENGINE IF THE GROUND SHOULD COME LOOSE /OLD CABLES NOW THERE'S GOING TO BE TO CARS BROKE DOWN INSTEAD OF ONE GOOD LUCK STEPHEN

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Rapid clicking noise when trying to start the engine?


Hi There,

You turn the key to start your engine and....
a series of rapid clicks. Your car won't start. What's going on?

That clicking noise is your starter solenoid.

Your starter needs a lot of power to turn your engine. That much power would melt your ignition switch in no time if it passed directly through it. So what happens instead is your ignition switch actuates another electric switch called a solenoid. The solenoid is a really HEAVY DUTY switch.

Inside it are two copper contacts that look like the head of a bolt only rounded. The battery is attached to one, the starter to the other. Hovering above them on a spring is a copper clad disk attached to an iron core. The iron core is inside an electro-magnet.

When you turn your key (in a perfect world), an electromagnet is activated that yanks the disk towards the contacts (Making a single decisive healthy CLICK). When they connect, the circuit is closed and the starter turns over. OK.

When things go wrong:

Low Battery:
  • The solenoid requires power to actuate.
  • The starter takes a lot more power to turn the engine.
  • When the battery is low, there isn't enough power to do both.
  • You turn the key, solenoid engages (CLICK)
  • Power goes to the starter
  • The starter tries to turn the engine
  • The draw from the starter drops the available power below the minimum needed to keep the solenoid engaged.
  • The solenoid disengages
  • The starter is no longer drawing power
  • The additional power allows the solenoid to re-engage (Click)
  • Repeat the process for as long as you have the key turned. (CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK)
That's where those clicks are coming from and why.

The remedy:
Short term - Jump start
Long term - Charge or replace battery.


I wanted to explain what was happening rather than just saying 'dead battery, replace it'. That way you can judge for yourself whats going on.

Best regards
Mike

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Won't turn over


Even though all your other electrical bits are working it could be that your battery doesn't have enough juice to crank the engine. It doesn't take much power to run the radio, lights, etc, but cranking the engine requires the battery to have a very strong charge. If your battery is more than 5 years old, that's very likely the issue. I'd start there. Also, be sure to check the battery terminals and ground for corrosion and clean if necessary. If replacing the battery doesn't solve the problem it could be the starter solenoid or a loose electrical connection somewhere.

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For sure, remove the cap on the valve cover where you add motor oil.
Take a good flashlight and peer intently inside. You will see the top of a valve and the valve spring just to the right of the opening. Have a helper crank the engine.
If it is a broken timing belt, the starter will turn the craknkshaft, but the valve will stay motionless.

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That symptom usually means the solenoid on the starter is bad and no longer is completing the circuit to engage the starter. A new starter will likely solve that issue. A series of rapid clicks would indicate a week battery. You can try repeatedly turning the key to the start position rapidly, sometimes the starter wil start working. You can also try tapping the starter while somebody holds the key in the start position, if the starter engages place it.

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Hey there rebelqi,

Could be either, could also be an alternator problem. Most likely the battery though.

The clicking sound is the starter solenoid engaging the starter. As the starter draws power, there isn't enough left to keep the solenoid active and it turns off. Since the starter isn't drawing power anymore, the solenoid re-engages and the cycle starts over. A series of rapid clicks.

Eliminate the cables as a possibility by making sure they're clean, tight and making good contact.

Check the belt on the alternator for tightness fraying or failure

Get a jump. If it starts, the battery was low.

Now keep it from happening again.
Check the the battery voltage either on the dash or with a meter. It should read above 13v with the engine running.
Drive to an auto parts or battery store and ask them to perform a 'Load Test' on the battery. This will check if your battery contains enough cranking power to perform under normal work loads. And if it is going bad, at least you won't be stranded when you shut your engine down.

Let me know how it goes.

Mike

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