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Starter my 84 300zx is sick. when i turn the key the starter will not engage, only the cylanoid will click. i have had both the starter and the battery tested and they are good. why does my car only click and why wont the starter engage the flywheel?

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  • hoex520 Jul 01, 2008

    my contacts are good the signal reaches the cylanoid of my starter which only cliks.

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The most common problem would be the starter relay,
the contacts burn out so just replace the relay.
cheers

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