When i turn the key the solenoid makes a loud clicking noise but nothing happens after that, the starter doesnt budge, ive had the starter tested, changed the battery, cables and solenoid, it still only clicks when i turn the key
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A weak battery will make the lights come on & energize the solenoid for the starter, but the battery is too weak to make the starter motor turn. Checking the battery would be first, the solenoid second.
The clicking noise is probably the starter solenoid. It sits on top of the starter. It has two large terminals, one from the battery and one to the starter. Jump these with a large screwdriver, make sure the car is in neutral or park and the ingition is off. If the starter turns then the solenoid is faulty.
Hi Kelly, sounds like your battery is a bit sick. Or it could be the starter motor solenoid sticking. The click you are hearing is probably the starter motor solenoid. If you hear a series of loud clicking its usually due to a flat battery in which case you need a jump start from another car. If you can get someone to charge up your battery using a portable charger and the car starts OK, its a fair bet your battery is on it's way out. You can get your battery tested at any large reputable auto repair shop. If the battery is OK, the solenoid can get stuck on your starter motor. Often a light tap with a rubber or wooden mallet can free up a stuck solenoid, but ultimately you will need a new starter motor. (BTW The solenoid is the smaller bit attached to your starter motor. There will be heavy wires attached to it) Have a look at link 1 below for more info.
Have a look here for some info to help you understand your starter circuit: http://www.samarins.com/glossary/starter.html or http://www.caradvice.com.au/37/car-doesnt-start-engine-doesnt-start/ or http://www.ehow.co.uk/video_5225934_diagnose-bad-starter-motor.html
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When it doesnt start, does it make a at least a clicking noise? Maybe a clunk? A loud clunk but the starter wont engage means the starter solenoids contact is bad. A click would indicate either a loose connection to the starter solenoid or a bad contact on the relay. No sound at all is a bit more complicated to trouble shoot.
the shifter has a park neutral lock out device. it will not shift out ( see left side of console for hidden cover, move lever inside for emergancy shifting) until you start motor, step on the brake and then the solenoid in the shifter box unlocks the shifter.
but that is not the problem.
back up. car will not start or the car will not crank.
turn key ,nothing happens. turn key , just hear starter solenoid click turn key , motor cranks, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr, but will not start.
try replacing the starter it may be bad, its not your clutch sensor if it was it would do nothing at all. try turning your motor over by hand the starter gear maybe stuck to the flex plate or push start the truck, shut it off and then try to start it if i does nothing but click replace the starter then