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Starter/solenoid I have replaced the starter, every time I try to re-connect the power at the battery, the solenoid engages. I have tried 2 seperate new (re-man.) starters, and 3 solenoids. The connections are correct at the solenoid, and are not contacting eachother.............what now????

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On the back of the engine there is a heat shield that those starter wires run through. check and make sure there not shorting out in that area.

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I have power to my starter and I have power to my ignition. But when I turn the key nothing happens


first try to start in neutral instead of park, if you can, and if you have an automatic.
if no change, then you most likely have a bad:
1. battery(if no lights, dome lights, etc whatsoever)
2. bad starter motor/solenoid(since most are all on unit)
3. bad ignition switch

check in the above order. good luck.

Mar 27, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Rapid clicking noise when trying to start the engine?


Hi There,

You turn the key to start your engine and....
a series of rapid clicks. Your car won't start. What's going on?

That clicking noise is your starter solenoid.

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.

Inside it are two copper contacts that look like the head of a bolt only rounded. The battery is attached to one, the starter to the other. Hovering above them on a spring is a copper clad disk attached to an iron core. The iron core is inside an electro-magnet.

When you turn your key (in a perfect world), an electromagnet is activated that yanks the disk towards the contacts (Making a single decisive healthy CLICK). When they connect, the circuit is closed and the starter turns over. OK.

When things go wrong:

Low Battery:
  • The solenoid requires power to actuate.
  • The starter takes a lot more power to turn the engine.
  • When the battery is low, there isn't enough power to do both.
  • You turn the key, solenoid engages (CLICK)
  • Power goes to the starter
  • The starter tries to turn the engine
  • The draw from the starter drops the available power below the minimum needed to keep the solenoid engaged.
  • The solenoid disengages
  • The starter is no longer drawing power
  • The additional power allows the solenoid to re-engage (Click)
  • Repeat the process for as long as you have the key turned. (CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK)
That's where those clicks are coming from and why.

The remedy:
Short term - Jump start
Long term - Charge or replace battery.


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.

Best regards
Mike

on Apr 20, 2010 | Ford F-100 Cars & Trucks

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Starter wont engage after replacing dead battery


Check power to starter motor solenoid, solenoid operation and starter motor voltage during cranking. If the starter motor is receiving power from the solenoid, but isn't cranking, then replace the starter motor.

Also check the condition of battery terminals, wiring and connections. Also check the earth wire from the body to the engine.

Nov 12, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Truck just clicks down at starter...have had no sign of starter slipping and lights still on so dont believ its battery


Hi there,

That clicking noise is your starter solenoid. There can be different causes, the most common is the battery. I will explain what is happening.

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.

Inside it are two copper contacts that look like the head of a bolt only rounded. The battery is attached to one, the starter to the other. Hovering above them on a spring is a copper clad disk attached to an iron core. The iron core is inside an electro-magnet.

When you turn your key (in a perfect world), an electromagnet is activated that yanks the disk towards the contacts (Making a single decisive healthy CLICK). When they connect, the circuit is closed and the starter turns over. OK.

When things go wrong:

Low Battery:
  • The solenoid requires power to actuate.
  • The starter takes a lot more power to turn the engine.
  • When the battery is low, there isn't enough power to do both.
  • You turn the key, solenoid engages (CLICK)
  • Power goes to the starter
  • The starter tries to turn the engine
  • The draw from the starter drops the available power below the minimum needed to keep the solenoid engaged.
  • The solenoid disengages
  • The starter is no longer drawing power
  • The additional power allows the solenoid to re-engage (Click)
  • Repeat the process for as long as you have the key turned. (CLICKCLICKCLICKCLICK)
That's where those clicks are coming from and why.

The remedy:
Short term - Jump start
Long term - Charge or replace battery.

There can also be a problem with the solenoid. Specifically, with that copper clad disk I mentioned earlier.

When that many amps are drawn from a battery there is heat and sparking which erode the copper plating. There comes a point where ther disk can no longer 'Complete the circuit'. It then needs replacement.

How to tell the difference?

If it's the battery, a jump start will work.

If it's the solenoid, a jump start will have no effect.

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.

I hope you can find the time to rate this response.

Best regards
Mike

Jul 05, 2010 | 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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Car clicks over but don't start.. is the cylinoid seperate from the starter in this model... battery fully charged and power is good so it is either the starter or the cylinoid?


if the you hear a clicking than go to the solenoid and try and cross over the 2 posts if the starter engages than it is the solenoid that is bad... if not than the starter is bad.

Jan 30, 2010 | 1993 Ford Taurus

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When I try to start my 1991 dodge dakota it clicks before turning over and sometimes it won't turn over. I wanted to run a temporary bypass from the starter to check it but my repair manual doesn't have a...


the sound you hear is the starter solenoid engaging the Bendix into the flywheel, when the solenoid engages there are hi current contacts that make between the battery and the starter motor, over time these contacts burn due to spark when engaging, at the very least the battery terminal is corroded and cannot supply the current to the starter to activate, if the connections at the battery are sound, then the solenoid must be replaced, the starter is located underneath, and to one side or the other of the bell housing, follow the cable from the positive side of the battery down to the starter, you cant miss it, the solenoid is located on the top side of the starter and can be removed by removing 2 bolts on ether side of the solenoid, good luck

Jan 27, 2010 | 1991 Dodge Dakota

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New starter 1 year ago -allways turns over on first try but sometimes will get clicking on subsequent tries -often takes several 5-10 clicks before it will engage again


You either have dirty/loose battery cables, or more likely a battery that is in need of replacement. Check the battery connections 1st, if ok, bring the car to a parts store for a free check of the battery and charging system. I believe you will find that the battery is at the end of its life.

Nov 27, 2009 | 1991 Ford Thunderbird

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1997 Neon Starter Solenoid Engages,,BUT


ase mechanic here, sounds like the starter is on its way out, will have to replace since you cleaned all the connections, but in the mean time try hitting the solenoid portion with some object and see if the engine starts. if so the starter needs replacing.

Jan 26, 2009 | 1997 Plymouth Neon

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Starter won't engage - won't start.


2nd click could be fuel pump engaging...what about the fuses under the hood... is there gas getting to the engine?? is there a safety shut off switch that needs resetting? have you checked the ground wire?

Dec 05, 2008 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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