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All I get is a clicking sound when trying to start my 2003 Explorer.

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  • tomjwall Jul 27, 2008

    Right on the money. I jumped it then bought a new battery. No more problem.

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Hi,

The clicking sound is the starting solenoid engaging, however the starter motor is not able to crank. Possible faults are limited to:

  • loose battery cable;
  • loose engine ground;
  • defective solenoid; or
  • a weak battery.
Initially, pls have the battery charged and check for loose/corroded battery terminal.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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That means your battery doesn't have enough juice to start it. Jump your vehicle and/or replace the battery.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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