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Starter solenoid makes lots of clicks but does not start the car. I have swapped out the battery for a new one and it still wont start, but if I put jumper leads on the battery from a 2nd car it will start !! If I charge the battery over night it will start may be 2x but then needs jumpers again. The Alternator puts out 14.6 Volts when running so I assume its not that the battery is just getting run down but I am wondering if I should just replace the starter.

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  • kevellen Aug 01, 2008

    Really apprecate the feedback - I actually went and shelled out on a new battery and no change in the symptom - then went down to the local Autozone and convinced the guy to let me buy a new starter and bring it back first thing in the morning if it didn't work - and having fitted the new starter with the new battery I still get click click click on the new starter. I can get the starter to work fine on the bench using jump leads from the battery terminals on the new battery and if I try the jump leads from the batter to the starter while on the car I get click click click.

    At the moment I have the earth strap off from the battery, frame and engine and am cleaning all the terminals there and will do the same for the +ve and try again but it just doesn't make any sense !! - Thanks for trying - i'll keep at it and then end up at the dealer if cleaning all the connections doesn't work.

  • kevellen Aug 04, 2008

    Thanks to Satans Sataurn, funnily enough after replacing the Starter with a new one that the man at Autozone very kindly agreed to let me bring back if it didn't fix it (he was a mechanic and agreed every thing he would have tried had been done), I tried the new starter to only get the same symptom. In the end it turned out that the new Walmart Battery was faulty after all and was only providing 10.5 volts. After swapping the battery again and testing the new battery before leaving the shop she started right up with no problems. I have also cleaned the earth and positive straps to every thing but the shop agreed the other batter was faulty. Hopefully the car will now be much more fault free for a while at least.



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I would still think that its the battery you should definately have it tested .....but changing the starter sounds like a good idea...if you are doing it yourself (cheap).....but first make sure your battery terminals are clean and not corroded .....if so they are like 3 bucks at walmart

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