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Possibly a starter problem or solenoid problem. Car won't turn over on occasion, just clicks. Other times, works just fine. Maybe bad wiring? Just a little confused. Battery is strong, so is the alternator.

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  • Bluzdude46 Jul 24, 2008

    car was starting fine yesterday, big storm last night lots of water now only clicks tried to jump it with another car still just clicks

  • srsmith Nov 22, 2008

    Dead spot when cracking over. Checked battery it was good does it sound like a bad starter?

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A solenoid is attached to the starter. You can bypass it with a crappy screwdriver. Just remember it will ruin the screwdriver. Just short across the big wire from the battery to the smallest wire on the starter. Should be rather close together. This will confirm that you need a starter. I'm a mechanic and I drive a 91 Grand Am so I can walk you through whatever repair or bypass you can think of.
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