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We replaced the battery because it was bad, but the car still doesn't start. When you first turn the key, you'll get a couple of clicks, but then nothing. The new battery is good because the everything works. Doesn't sound like the starter, but not sure and not sure what to do next.

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The problem with your vehicle is the starter itself.
The "CLICKING" you are hearing is the solenoid of the starter - at the same time it "clicks" the starter should start as well. Sometimes there can be a dead spot on the armature - and you can advance the starter motor simply by tapping on it.... and it will start.

If there is power to the starter during your start attempt - the starter must be replaced. Even if you get your starter moving by tapping on it with a hammer - it will only get worse, and should be replaced asap. The only reason the relay or fuse would fail is in the event the starter has something wrong with it.

The fuse is there to protect your battery - not the starter.

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Your solenoid relay is faulty, which is the relay that connects the starter motor to the main battery line.
The clicking youhear is the solenoid latching but it is not contacting well.
Might have to replace this solenoid relay.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

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