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Periodically when key is turned ignition switch will only click. No crank action just clicking and car won't start.. Occurs mostly when temps are cold but also happens during moderately warm temps.

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  • Jay Oct 06, 2010

    TO trackerrr = Battery is brand new.. Just purchased 3 months ago.. Mechanic checked starter but still works after it cranks.

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Your battery is probably nearing the end of its service life. Take it to a parts store like Autozone and have them check it with their tester.

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  • Chris Wilson Oct 07, 2010

    I would say that the battery is defective or your alternator is weak and not charging it fully. Do you make a lot of short trips?

  • Jay Oct 07, 2010

    Yes I do make a lot of short trips.. usually just to the store or to drop off kids @ school.. alternator was changed with brand new one (instead of rebuilt) in the past year or so.. I'm think it may be something related to wiring - either at the actual starter or a wire at the ignition switch.... Does that sound familiar?

  • Chris Wilson Oct 07, 2010

    You may not be driving your car far enough to fully recharge the battery after starting it. Starting a vehicle takes a lot of current and effort from a battery. Think of it as a person being awake all day, but only getting a few hours of sleep every night. The person will be able to function the next day, but not as good as the day before. Eventually the lack of sleep (recharging) will catch up with the person (battery). If your trips are at slow speeds then that would be a factor also as an alternator doesn't put out much current at low engine speeds, thus making recharging times even longer. Check the battery terminals for corrosion and clean as needed. Make sure the terminals are tight also. Check the alternator wire connections to ensure they are tight and clean also. And I'll also point out that just because a part is new, doesn't mean it can't be defective out of the box. If you have a voltmeter, you can place the probes on the battery terminals while the car's off. You should read about 13.2 volts. With the car running, it should read closer to 14. Anything much lower and it would indicate a problem.

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