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Engine will not start starter just makes a clicking noise when key is turned

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  • homer_white Aug 27, 2010

    this battery is only 2 months old could it still be bad

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Flat battery

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

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    Colin Stickland Aug 28, 2010

    i have had batteries fail at that age yes,could be the alternator as well,put some jump leads on the vehicle and start engine ,then with engine running disconnect a battery terminal ,if engine stops then its a alternator ,if engine keeps running then its the battery

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You turn the key to start your engine and....
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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.

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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.

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