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It try's to start when you hook up the battery on its own with the key in the off position

There was something clicking before this problem a couple of times when you pushed the start switch.

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Sounds like a fualty solanoid or relay switch

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First things first. Any time you have an automotive question please include the year, make, model and engine size of the vehicle in question. This will help give you the most accurate information I possible can.

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A single click every time you turn the key to the start position usually indicates a bad starter. There are a couple things you can check.

1. Make sure there is twelve volts on the large wire to the starter when you try to start.
2. Make sure you can turn the engine over by hand

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