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Have a 1999 Chevrolet astro..turn the key to start but nothing...battery good..electrical is good..eventually after a few more turns..i t will start...Help!!


Sounds more like the starter solenoid. Easy way to test this is try to start it, if it doesn't start, get a hammer (yes you use a hammer for this ONE test) and lightly TAP the solenoid. If you whack it, then YOU failed the test. So lightly tap the solenoid with the hammer then try starting it again. If it starts, replace the solenoid if it doesn't then check that you have no corrosion at the battery terminals or the starter terminals. If it still won't start then I suggest a repair shop since you are now getting into expensive things.

Hope this helps.

Jun 06, 2016 | 1999 Chevrolet Astro

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My 2001 hand jeep Cherokee won't turn over what do


If all fuses are ok and the battery is full of charge and connections are tight it could be a faulty starter. If it just clicks once try tapping with a hammer (hold the hammer head and jab at the starter with the hammer shaft). If it clicks several times carefully short across the starter solenoid with a screwdriver to see if it tries to turn the engine over.

Sep 18, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2003 Chevy Impala 3.4 V6 every time i hook up the battery it starts turning over why is that?


starter solenoid got short to ground,it is probably stock,tap it lightly with hammer,if it works,after that go ahead and get new starter

Aug 16, 2014 | 2003 Chevrolet Impala

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The starter keeps sticking and i need to find the starter so i can unstick the starter.


starter at back of engine get at from underneath tap solenoid with bar or hammer

Dec 03, 2010 | 1999 Saturn SL

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When i try to start my 1988 daimler i get a continual clicking, i think from the starter motor. the car has been standing for some time. what are the first things to check.


If you get a single click each time you try to start and it's from the front of the car, you most likely have a failed starter motor solenoid. If left for a while, the solenoid contact points can corrode and fail to pass enough current to get the starter motor to engage and then turn. The fix is to replace the starter, but you can often get going temporarily by giving the solenoid a sharp tap with a hammer... if you can get to it! A long metal rod (or screwdriver) placed against the side of the solenoid and then given a sharp tap on the end can relay the hammer effect down to where it needs to go.

If you have multiple clicks from the solenoid with a single turn of the key, then you most likely have a faulty ignition switch.

If you get multiple clicks coming from the rear of the car, you have a different problem altogether and should start by checking the fuel pump and then work forwards through the fuel system.

Sep 14, 2010 | 1988 Jaguar XJ6

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When you turn the ignition key the starter just clicks and the engine won't even turn over.


The starter motor solenoid is faulty. The only real fix is to replace it, but as it's attached as an integral part of the starter motor you have to change the entire starter motor assembly.

In the meantime, you may be able to get the car started if you give the solenoid a sharp tap with a hammer before starting.If access is difficult, then you may need to place a long metal rod (or a long screwdriver) against the solenoid and then tap the end of the rod. This trick usually works, but only if the solenoid isn't too far gone.

Sep 11, 2010 | 1999 Chrysler Sebring

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Engine fails to turn over. will start with short push


First check to make sure the starter solenoid is still plugged into the wire harness and is getting power when you turn the key. Tap on the side of the starter gently with a hammer. If you turn the key and the starter works you just need new starter brushes. If the solenoid does not click when you turn the key just replace the whole assembly , the solenoid is bad (It's part of the starter).

Aug 05, 2010 | Mitsubishi Lancer Cars & Trucks

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1991 Ford Tempo no crank, battery good, solenoid clicks


hi unfortunatly starters do have a habbit of dying, actually it is not normally the starter itself but the solinoid connected to the starter, you can try this to see if it will unstick it, get a friend to turn the key as if to start the car, and then at the same time give the starter a tap with a hammer or bar if you cant get to it with the hammer, be sure to stay away from any moving parts if it starts it could be bad, but just tap it, no need to give it a bash a few light taps should free it, if no joy then you will need to change the starter motor...hope this helps

Mar 15, 2010 | 1991 Ford Tempo 4 Door

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Will not turn over - put in new battery-full power, brigt lights, starter will not even click- lights do not dim


Sounds like you have starter or starter solenoid problems try tapping on starter housing with a hammer while someone holds the key in the start position.If that doesn't work using a test light to good engine ground make sure you are getting power to the large wire on the solenoid all the time and the small wire with the key in the start position.GOOD LUCK

Feb 10, 2010 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2005 dodge caravan clicks when try to start. Won't start when this happens


Hi there ... the probable cause is a faulty starter. try taking a hammer to the starter. tap the starter with the hammer and then try to start the vehicle. what you are trying to do when you are tapping the starter is slightly jarring the solenoid so that you move it from it's dead spot. Hope this helps you out

Jan 18, 2009 | 2005 Dodge Caravan

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