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Hello when i put key into ignition i turn key and it does not start just makes a clicking sound can anybody help thanks

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It depends on what is making the clicking sound. If it's the starter solenoid that is usually caused by low voltage. Low voltage is the result of a low battery or a poor connection. You will have to check voltage at the battery, solenoid and starter while you're trying to start the engine. When the engine is being cranked by the starter voltage should be 10-11 volts. You could also have a problem with the solenoid and/or the starter.

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