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Intermittant starting problems

Car won't turn over hot or cold there is a clicking from the starter motor, Ignition lights fade if ignition key held over after several attempts there will be a series of rapid clicking then the engine will turn and car will start. For the next 10 or so starts the car will be fine then out of the blue back to square 1.
Just fitted a recon starter motor and everything fine for 2 days now fault reappeared battery and alt both checked and ok
Car is a 2002 1.4 petrol zetec with 45,000 on the clock

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  • Stephen Davids May 11, 2010

    have you had the battery health checked? and is the connection from the solenoid to the battery in good condition? .... have you had your wires checked?



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Low voltage to solenoid. Try cleaning your bat cables ends inside where they attach to battery , if you're sure battery is good. terms should be shiny where they touch battery terms.

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Like emissionwiz said check for security sistems if no problem in that area check for loose ignition plugs or fuel related problems like fuel pump,relays ect...luck!

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the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.

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before replacing the starter get a volt meter and test the voltage coming out of the voltage regulator which the power comes from the battery to the regulator down to the starter also make sure all wires on the starter are clean and what I mean is from rust because I had an f150 that did the same thing

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SOURCE: car died, repeated clicking noise when start attempt...

The clicking is the Starter Solonoid not getting enough CCAs from the battery to start it.
While running - the alternator should be able to charge the system to 14.4V.

11 volts you are experiencing tells me your alternator is faulty.

Your dash and other items were turning off/on while driving because the voltage probably dipped below 8.4v.

Your vehicle runs off the alternator power once started. The battery is only there to get the engine spinning initially.

A backyard mechanic's way to test the alternator is to start the vehicle - then remove the positive wire on the battery (coming from the alternator).

** If the vehicle stays running - the battery is problematic - probably a dead cell - have it LOAD tested at a local parts shop for free.

** If the vehicle dies shortly after removing the + battery wire - the alternator is failing - and replacement is necessary.

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Was this all done by a licensed repair shop ?
Have you tried moving shifter through all gears while holding key to start, just to see if any kick at all? (safety neutral switch may be faulty)

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