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Not starting When I turn the key to the on position before starting everything seems to work normal except for the power windows (slow movement or not at all) and the interior lights (dim). When turning the car to the start position, It makes a couple clicking noises. When returning the key to the on position, The ETC Relay clicks repeatedly, and then the TPS does the same and they cycle back and forth. Plus the warning lights in the instrument cluster light up and flash. The Speedometer and Tach jump back and forth erratically. They both will do that sometimes after turning the ignition switch off and removing the key. I am not getting any power to the wire between the starter solenoid and the starter. I have power at the battery and the ground is good at the chassis and motor. I have replaced the battery and the ground connection at the battery. I also hooked up a code reader to the car and it will only process half of the systems it needs to check. What is my problem?

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  • chad23 Aug 11, 2008

    No, the battery was not installed backwards.

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Did you install the battery backwards?if so,you might have caused some serious issues

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If the engine is not locked up, it could be the starter or a bad connection with one of the battery cables.

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Whats a solenoid? turn key and engine won't start, all the lights on the dashboard work, the windows stll go up and down. There is a click sound when key is turned.


To answer your question, a solenoid is an electrically operated 'contactor' or switch. All cars have a solenoid that effectively, temporarily connects the battery to the starter motor. The starter spins the engine over and when it starts you release the key. When you release the key from the start position, you turn off the power to the solenoid and a spring breaks the connection between the battery and the starter. As such, the starter now has no power, turns off and disconnects from the engine flywheel.

It is possible for everything to be fine except the contacts in the solenoid. All electric items work, windows, fan - everything ... except if the contacts INSIDE the solenoid are burned, there will be no power passed from the battery to the starter.

What does it look like? Generally a old fashioned 35 MM film can with two big wires and at least two little wires on it. It is generally in the engine compartment. Sometimes, the solenoid is on the starter and if that is the case, it will be difficult to find.

How do you test it? Check the voltage on the starter side of the solenoid with the switch in the start position. If there is no voltage on that wire, your starter will not run. Use a Volt/Ohm meter set on DC power. Alternatively, you can use a 12 volt DC test light - a couple bucks at the hardware or auto parts store.

How do you find it? Find the + wire on your battery and follow it. It will end at the solenoid, no matter what it looks like.

Can you fix it? Maybe but probably not since you seem to be completely unfamiliar with it. Possibly, you can get some instruction from the friendly counter guy or gal at your local full service auto parts store.

Since you cant start your car, you will probably have to have it towed to a repair shop, unless you can get it started by pushing (I don't recommend this for the uninitiated, and particularly if the car is an automatic shift)

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