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The solenoid is clicking but the car does not start

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  • cebaybe Jul 23, 2008

    My jeep did the exact same thing today. I tried to start it and it just made a repetitive clicking sound, but wouldn't start. I tried jumping it cause I thought it may be my battery, but that didn't help, plus all my lights in the car work fine. So I do not know what to do now because I sure can't drive it to a mechanic and I know nothing about cars.



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With mine i was having a lot of trouble with that same problem and what i finaly did was i cleaned all terminals and conectors there at the battery and so far 2 months later it is just fine,

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A couple of possibilities:

  1. the switching contacts of the solenoid are burned - you can try jumping the battery cable straight to the starter motor terminal;
  2. the carbon brushes of the starter motor are gone and/or not making contact with the commutator segments - might require replacement of brushes or the entire motor
  3. the big battery cable is loose - checking/re-tightening/replacment of clamps/connectors.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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