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Will not turn the motor over when key is turned...solenoid will click but starter will not rotate

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Is the battery charged enough, are the battery terminals clean & tight, same with starter motor terminals, usually the clicking is associated with a dead or weak battery

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Just to be safe always check the obvious, make sure you can rotate the engine over with a socket/ratchet to be sure it is not seized, then check to be sure the hot wire to the solenoid ( big wire to stud on solenoid) has battery power with key in run position, check for battery power on the starter solenoid (small wire to activate solenoid) with the key turned to start the vehicle, , there should be power at the solenoid to engage the starter motor, if no power on the large wire trace back to find fault, same for the solenoid power from key, but from your statement of a click when trying to start sounds like solenoid is engaging . so either the power to the starter from battery seems to be open or to low voltage getting to starter from corroded wires, or the engine could be seized.

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If you are sure that all connections are clean and bright, including the battery to the ground and battery cable to the solenoid, jumper from the battery (+) to the solenoid (+). If the solenoid clicks, but motor doesn't turn over, your solenoid is bad. Try jumpering momentarily from the battery (+) to the starter (+) and that should cause the starter to rotate. If that makes your starter rotate, your solenoid is still bad. Be sure that your starter has a good ground connection

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I turn the key and it just clicks


Your battery is dead. Jump it or replace the battery.
also your starter motor could be seized in place. The clicking you are hearing is the starter solenoid trying to click the power over to the starter, and rotate the engine. You are lacking the power needed to turn the engine. Try tapping on the starter with a hammer a few times. This may loosen things up

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The first problem sounds like it is the solenoid on your starter motor not working. Starter motors have two movements one rotates the motor and the second one is solenoid that pushes the starter gear against the flywheel, when you turn the key both of this movements happen almost instantaneous, once you release the key the spring loaded solenoid returns to its original position disengaging the starter from the flywheel and the starter motor stops turning. In your case from what you are describing it looks like the solenoid is not working. Now for the rough engine that looks to be a whole separate issue .....

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Have you checked the starter motor and solenoid? Is the solenoid clicking when you turn the key to crank?
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Not starting just clicks once when key is turned...thnk it might be starter...batt is good alt good....how do i check to see if it is indeed the starter


If you need to check if you need a starter, you have to lift up the front of the car, and you need another person to help you.
With selector in park, or neutral, while the helper is turning the ignition key ON and in START position, you must check under the car if the solenoid plunger activates. If yes you will hear a loud click from solenoid assembly on the starter. If you are not sure disconnect the solenoid wire ( the thin wire), and while the helper turn the ignition key, you with a multimeter check the voltage between the solenoid wire and ground (the starter body). If you read 12V and the starter doesn't operate with a jumper touching the battery cable and the smaller terminal on the starter solenoid, but the solenoid clicks, the problem is probably starter motor brushes or bad contacts in the solenoid. That means your starter has to be removed from the car. Now you can power directly the starter at the big cable connector with 12V battery. Be very careful, the starter will rotate and has at least 1KW power and will jump from your hands, and the current will be 100 Ampers so prepare for a big spark. If the starter rotates you have to replace the starter solenoid contacts.
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Hi check the batery conection to be well tigth and clean, if they are ok you have to check the starter motor an the starter solenoid, very often its only brushes. allso if you rotate the crank shaft some times fix the problem. and dont forget to check the batery charge.

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Hi Tonymcder;
Here's what happens in the start sequence when ypi turn the key.

When you turn the key, you should at least hear the starter solenoid click. When you turn the key the ignition switch sends 12 volts to the Starter solenoid ( really just a relay). The Solenoid closes and applies 12 volts (at a high current) to the starter motor to crank the engine. If you have a way to measure voltage, you should get 12 volts at the small terminal on the starter solenoid. The solenoid is mounted on the top of the starter motor.If you get
no voltage, probably an ignition switch If you get 12 volts and the starter doesn't crank the starter is probably defective. At this [point take a small hammer and tap the starter motor, not hard, just medium. Sometimes this will cause the starter motor to catch next time you turn the key. Best bet is to remove the starter motor (with solenoid attached) and take it to an Auto Zone type store where they can check it out for you. Be sure you disconnect the ground terminal of the battery before you attempt to remove the starter motor.
Hope this helps Loringh Thanks for using FixYa

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Hi Jim.

When you turn the key, you should at least hear the starter solenoid click. When you turn the key the ignition switch sends 12 volts to the Starter solenoid ( really just a relay). The Solenoid closes and applies 12 volts (at a high current) to the starter motor to crank the engine. If you have a way to measure voltage, you should get 12 volts at the small terminal on the starter solenoid. The solenoid is mounted on the top of the starter motor.If you get 12 volts but no cranking, the solenoid is not working. If you get 12 volts and the starter doesn't crank the starter is defective. At this [point take a small hammer and tap the starter motor, not hard, just medium. Sometimes this will cause the starter motor to catch next time you turn the key. Best bet is to remove the starter motor (with solenoid attached) and take it to an Auto Zone type store where they can check it out for you. Be dure you disconnect the ground terminal of the battery before you attempt to remove the starter motor.

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