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Wont turn over, hear a clicking sound for a second then nothing. Is it a bad connection on the starter wire

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Sounds like not enough voltage at the starter. This can be due to ( in order of likelihood ) : Discharged/bad battery, dirty/corroded terminals at the battery, and lastly, any problem at the starter.

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