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I can't get my car to start. it clicks over but all i hear is my fan running and a constant click. i got a jump but it didn't work so its not the battery

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FIRST, make sure the battery connections are firm and not loose. Second, when getting a jump, allow the battery 10 mins or so to build up a charge before cranking. If nothing changes, (just get a click), then it's likely you're going to need to replace the starter motor. [Have you noticed recently the starter making a whoomp whoomp sound - going fast then slow then fast - ? This indicates a bent armature and can often give the behavior you describe. Strong battery, but just clicks when starting.]
It may be other problem with starter, will still need replaceing.

In an emergency, 2 people working together, one turn the key to start position, the other tap the starter motor with a hammer, may allow the motor to turn over and start the car. DANGER in this is shorting the main power cable to the starter against the frame or engine. EVEN A DEPLETED BATTERY is very dangerous.

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