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I have a 1840 Skidsteer, battery is good, 13.4 volts, and when key is turned to start the starter only clicks as though the battery is bad. Any solutions out there?

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I would remove the leads at the battery and clean posts and terminals to shiny clean . refit and tighten the clamps

Posted on Nov 10, 2013

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    If that doesn't help it is likely bad cables, not allowing full amperage to reach the starter. If not cables then the starter solenoid is bad.

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Turning key sometimes several times getting only a click noise, the all of a sudden the next turn the starter engages and a normal start?


In these cases you have three possibilities (assuming the wiring is good).

1. The solenoid (starter relay) is receiving current from the key switch but is not engaging properly or consistently. To check this component, bypass it. To bypass it use one side of a jumper cable. Clip to the positive of the battery with one end of the jumper cable (red). Hold to the large input wire on the starter with the other end of the same jumper cable (red). This should cause the starter to turn over strongly. If so, replace the solenoid.

2. If you try the above scenario 3 to 6 times and find the starter turns over inconsistently, or at times does not turn over at all, you may have flat spots on the starter. In this case you will have to replace the starter (this is the least likely scenario).

3. BEFORE you consider either of the above, consider the battery. This is an easy check if you have a simple volt meter. It's much better to have an old fashioned needle meter rather than a digital. The needle is more sensitive, much quicker, and makes a clearer diagnostic tool. But not to worry, a digital still works (sometimes the results are not as clear).
  1. Set the meter to DC Volts
  2. Attach the red and black leads of the meter to the positive and negative posts of the battery. Most modern day meters don't care if the polarity is correct or not. However, if you have a needle meter, best to put the positive of the battery with the red wire of the meter; otherwise the needle will not be happy with you.
  3. Note voltage. It should read above 13 volts if the battery is good and fully charged.
  4. Crank the engine while keeping your eyes on the meter. The meter should not fall much below 11 Volts. If it falls below 10 volts or worse yet below 9 volts, the battery has a bad cell or two. Replace the battery, charge it, and repeat the test.
  5. If the solenoid just rapidly clicks watch the meter needle.
    1. If the meter needle rapidly jumps up and down below 10 volts, back to 13, below 10, back to 13 then it's more likely you have a bad starter.
    2. If the needle simply seems to vibrate a little you more likely have a bad solenoid. Refer to steps 1 and 2.
  6. If the engine starts, rev it up and watch the meter.
    1. If the charging system is working the voltage on the meter should quickly rise above 12 or 13 volts.
    2. If it rises up strongly towards the 14 volt range this indicates the charging system of the machine is working.
    3. If it plays around down near 12 volts you are reading the recovered voltage of a good battery, but the charging system is not working.
    4. If it simply stays below 11 volts, the battery and the charging system are both suspect. Replace the battery first. Fully charge it, and then repeat the tests before worrying about the charging system.
I can't suggest any parts numbers because you did not include the very important Make/Model/Year. However, these general instructions will work for most riding lawn and garden tractors.

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2003 trailblazer has new battery, but will not crank but all dash lights come on


Check the starter, check the cable that goes from the battery to the starter. make sure its tight and not loose. take a hammer and tap on the starter. If the vehicle still doesn't start. Change the starter.

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When I turn the key nothing happens. The starter doesn't even try to draw power from the battery. However, if I by-pass the starter relay it will turn over the motor but will not provide spark or...


Hi! It sounds like a bad solenoid, or that you're not getting the 12 volts to the solenoid to engage the heavy amperage needed to turn thr starter motor.
When you say you bypass it,do you mean you are just crossing the large post of the solenoid with the battery cable connection at the starter?
When you turn the key,you should get 12 volts at least at the smaller post on the solenoid.If you have 12 volts there when the key is all the way to `start 'position,then the starter probably ought to be replaced.
This car being a 2000 is 13 yrs.old.Won't hurt to put a new starter on it.
don-ohio (:^)

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My 2006 buick lacrosse wont start radio and lights work but its not saying nothing when i try to crank it


Hello! Do you hear a click when the key is turned?...If no click is heard either the ignition key, the Crank relay, the starter, or the battery are suspect...Having lights and radio does not mean the battery is capable of running a starter motor......Put a meter on the battery...should read 12.5 volts...Turn key...Does voltage drop to 8 or 9 volts? Bad battery...If all is well with battery and connections to it...Check the starter fuse # 33 in the under hood fuse/relay box...If the fuse is good that click you should hear is from the Crank Relay in that box...If all of the above is OK connect your meter to the Purple wire that is connected to the starter motor...When the key is turned 12 volts must be on that wire...If there is the starter motor is defective...So, #1...Do you hear a click when key is turned...That would point at a bad starter or weak battery...#2...If you do not hear a click bad fuse #33, bad Crank Relay, bad ignition switch...#3...If fuse is good Bad Crank Relay or Ignition switch; Crank Relay is a low cost item ($10)...Replace Relay...Stop there and send a comment as to results...Guru...saailer

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2001 Ford focus se automatic wont start. Makes clicking noise when you turn the key. Replaced starter and still clicks and doesn't start for awhile. Is it the battery...fuel pump....spark plugs...?


Battery-that should be checked first, remove it and take it to a Pep Boys, Advance or Auto Zone for a load test (free)-99% of the time, it is NOT the starter with your symptoms.

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2000 focus zts. Battery is good so is starter. Went to start and all I get is a clicking sound.


What do you mean the battery is good, and so is the starter? Did you have them tested? What kind of clicking sound? Is it a single click when you turn the key or multiple clicks as long as you hold the key in the start position? Have you checked for voltage at the large post on the starter? There should be 12V. If not, you have a break in your supply line. It could be a bad fuse/fusible link.

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WHEN YOU TURN THE KEY, IT MAKES CLICKING SOUND . BATTERY IS OKAY. COULD IT BE THE STARTER.


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