My car will not start. All I hear is a clicking sound when I turn on the engine. Recently, my radiator has been repaired but I need a new fan. It has run hot but is under control. Could my starting problem be the starter or is the head cracked?
Try jumping it first and see if you can get it to turn over. If it does, that means it's probably the battery. If not, it means that it's most likely the starter. If the head is cracked and water leaked in to one of the cylinders, it's possible that you are "hydro - locked". That is, one of the cylindars is full of water, but that's unlikely. If the car won't even turn over, it's much more likely to be the batter, the starter, or a bad connection to the starter. If you hear the click, it means that the connection is probably OK.
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Some vehicles have sensors that can control the electric fan with the ignition off to keep the heat buildup that naturally occurs right after turning off the engine.
This can prevent hard starting that can happen with a hot engine.
If it is doing this an abnormal amount, the sensor that is operable with the ignition off may be failing.
Before turning off the ignition, check to see if the engine temperature is pushing the 'red zone;' if it is, then the fan operation may be normal but your engine may be running hot.
If you are getting spark to the plugs, (and assuming nothing has happened to screw up the timing of the spark), the only thing that would cause the car not to start is that you are not getting fuel into the cylinders. You can check this by squirting some ether into the air intake of the engine. You can get some start spray at an auto parts store.