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Battery good has gas clicks but does not start. Just happened today battery is new is holding 12 volts. does not even turn over

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Its your starter or starter selenoid. If you can reach the starter, try tapping on it with a hammer or something that can reach. While your tapping it have someone inside the car keep trying to start it. This might be a temporary fix, but it will get you going. Please rate thank you

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Any one savvy with cars please help me. I have a 1996 ford taurus gl it was running fine until today. I thought it was low on gas so I added more along with motor oil because mine was low now it won't...


I would say that the battery is flat or old and wont hold a charge, or the terminals are dirty. probe the terminals with a volt meter around 12 volts ok ,if little or no voltage probe battery posts 12 volts ok , if voltage ok now terminals dirty, if no voltage battery flat or dead.

Oct 16, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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The beginning is the hardest part to go off in the wrong direction, you can waste alot of time and troble. does the key turn normally and do the normal light's and somes happen? If they do good, Let's start as if they don't. The turn of the key produces a click under the hood or many clicks and the engine doesn't turn, try it several times to see if many tries helps. If it still just clicks the Battery and or it's connections are in the light of repair. ( the most common cause of "no start,no crank") loose or dirty battery cable connections and the battery low or dead. You can't look at the connection and tell if it's good ,you got to get busy and take the cables off and clean them and then put them back on tightly, just tighting a loose cable and it works OK isn't a good way to do things, Your brock down and why risk being broke down again right away. On cars that are aged some they may have been fixed before you got to see it. Sometimes to repair the cable an (emergency) repair end has been installed. As the name inplies it's a temporary repair and can last along time. But it's not designed to just get you going again. You cut off the old cable end, strip the wire back, put the wire into the clamps bolt together holder and the tighten up and install on the post of the battery. This bolted together connection and the connection to the post does'nt last long and these the temporary part of the repair. You might be in a bind (time, Money ) and have to get running right away. Take it all apart and scrach all the crud off the best you can with what you have. and tighten it all back up and try it again. Do the headlights blaze? or are they dim or not coming on at all? May be a jump with booster cables will work, Hooking them up right is a good idea, hooking them up wrong can be very bad, Some cables have a tag on them that tels you the best way and it goes like this. Frist identify the positive and negative terminals on both cars and be sure don't guess. A + (plus) sign on the battery is the best way, often times the positive cable is red but there are repaired cars that have both cables red or black, or even the wrong way. so watch for the Plus right on the battery just to be shure. hook the red booser cable to the positive post on the dead car first then hook up the red cale on the live car positive post. The live car needs to be running. now hook up the ground(Negitive) to the dead car, rock them around a bit to get the claw of the cable to scrach it'self a good connection do this with the positive cable too. Last keep unnessary peaple out of the way and hook up th ground on the live car. You might notice a spark and the live cars engine change as it takes up the load of charging the dead car. The dead car should be completely turned off as this connection is made, If the spark is bright or kills the live car disconnect right away and recheck positive and neg, if you know your right and it still makes a large draw ( drain on the live car) remove the battery and take it to an auto parts store or other repair shop that can test and charge the battery. If you have a volt OHM meter ou can test the battery yourself. Most cars have 12 volt batteries except those built new before 1955, and even those cars may have been upgraded to the 12 volt battery as it's a big improvement over 6 volts. The volt meter on a 12 volt battery will read over 12 volts if the battery is charged 12.6 volts is normal resting baterry no loads and it's not been running somthing soon. A good battery can be higher13.2 volts even mainly if the test is right after the battery was in a running car or right off a battery charger. A good battery in a running car with a good car is 14.5 volts. There's exceptions to this and anything over13.2 volts will work and some cars that's all they do. 12 volts or less and the battery is dead, ( it can still be good and chargeable but dead as far as starting cars go). This battery may even start the car if the car starts really easy and the battery is low but good. once started though it shoud go to 14.5 volts and never over 15 volts. Gronding and charging system problems are indicated if it goes too high and a good battery will go bad if it's charged tooo high for very long. A battery thats 8 volts has what they all a dead cell it may still start the car but when the altenater tries to charge this dead cell battery it'll try too hard to charge the battery and being it's trying as hard as it can it'll burn up after awhile as it can't work as hard as it can too long. Oncwe the cables are good and the battery is known to be good and the car still does'nt crank over, and just clicks the cables can be bad on the places they attach to the starter or the engine block but this doesn't happen very often. If the starter clicks and doesn't turn the engine the starter can be bad. With someone retrying over and over to start the car knocking on the starter with a block of wood or other hard object may rattle it into connection and it might start right up or begin to turn the motor and stop and buzz the engine may be too hard to turn and then your in real troble if it turns out thats why is not starting. if the motor will turn with a wrench or you see other reasons that the motor will turn over then the starter may need to be repaired or replaced. if it starts after knocking on the starter it may start again or maybe not it's a good sign that the starter is worn out and needs to be replaced.

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2000 chevy s-10 won't crank.


I's hard to tell from your description what is going on with your vehicle but from what I gather it may be the ignition switch. When it does it again, you'll need a volt meter and someone to give you a hand to check it. Start by having someone hold the key in the start position and start at the starter solenoid checking the voltage.

You know you'll have power from the battery (or you should) but check all sources, 12 volts positive on the big post at solenoid and with the key in the start position 12 volts at the switch side as well. If you are getting 12 volts at the big terminal but not the switch (small) terminal, then start tracking back from there. You can track it back all the way to the ignition switch.

It shouldn't be hard to find the problem. If you know how to use a volt meter, there is no reason to replace parts. Most all electrical parts can be tested to see if they are good or bad. You can also check the ground sources as you go as well, start at the battery and see what your volt reading is and go from there. You shouldn't have much variance in the voltage on positive or ground. Hope this helps you.

Dec 10, 2013 | 2000 Chevrolet S-10

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When I turn the key nothing happens. The starter doesn't even try to draw power from the battery. However, if I by-pass the starter relay it will turn over the motor but will not provide spark or...


Hi! It sounds like a bad solenoid, or that you're not getting the 12 volts to the solenoid to engage the heavy amperage needed to turn thr starter motor.
When you say you bypass it,do you mean you are just crossing the large post of the solenoid with the battery cable connection at the starter?
When you turn the key,you should get 12 volts at least at the smaller post on the solenoid.If you have 12 volts there when the key is all the way to `start 'position,then the starter probably ought to be replaced.
This car being a 2000 is 13 yrs.old.Won't hurt to put a new starter on it.
don-ohio (:^)

Dec 17, 2012 | 2000 Ford Focus

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Our van would not start today it just made a clicking sound but when we hooked it up to battery cables it started right up also on the way home the battery light stayed on until we turned off the van???...


bad battery, when car is off at battery voltage should be at least 12.6 or better. less than 12 volts battery is bad. when running, if alternator is good at battery it should read at least 14.1 to 14.7 volts. have a good day !

Apr 16, 2011 | 2002 Dodge Caravan

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Generator is good, new ignition, new battery. Car started up right away, drove 20min. Now won't start?


Tell us more details.
For example, how do you know the alternator really is good?
You say new "ignition", but that could be the ignition switch, plug wires, distributor, etc.
Regardless if the battery was new, you can easily drain the battery in less then 20 minutes, so we need to know if the battery still has a charge or not. Put a test light or volt meter across it.
We also need to know if it does nothing, not even drain the lights, or if it clicks at the solenoid?
The best would be if you put a voltmeter across the battery.
If the ignition switch is bad, then nothing at all with happen.
If the battery is bad, it will start around 12 volts, but drop down below 9 and not come back up when you stop trying.
It is drops but comes back up, it is probably the starter.
But you could try turning the engine over by hand on the alternator nut, because it could be seizing up from a bad bearing.
Try jump starting it also.
If that helps, then check the voltage when reved up.
It if does not reach over 13.5 volts, the alternator is not working.

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Car won't crank & makes a clicking noise when ignition is turned.


test battery voltage , should be 12 volts, also check battery amp draw when you attempt to start engine, you should have 12 volts at the starter solenoid , you could have a faulty starter motor, battery cables and or terminals... even with a good battery check for vltage drop from battery positive post to battery positve at solenoid ... large drop equals bad cable, replace ... just points to check....

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does the car turn over or does nothing happen at all? more info will help

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