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Just keeps clicking when you try to turn it on

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Old system. May have shorted out. Too old to repair.

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Starter motor symptoms, faults and fixes

<p><b><u><span>Symptoms, faults and fixes associated with starter motors:-</span></u></b><br /> <p><b><u><span><br /></span></u></b><br /> <p><b><u><span>Dead </span></u></b><br /> <ul> <li><span>Check battery condition and cable connections to terminals</span></li> <li><span>Sticky solenoid due to corrosion or glued up lubricant and dirt </span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span>- dismantle and rub clean with some emery paper</span></li> <li><span>Worn starter motor armature brushe</span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span>- strike motor body with end of a piece of timber whilst cranking; the jolt may encourage enough contact to get the starter motor running for long enough for ignition to occur.</span><span><span> </span></span></li> <li><span>For a permanent fix dismantle the starter motor and replace the carbon brushes.</span></li> <li><span>Corrosion in the starter motor body between the steel jacket and alloy gear casing </span><span>- insert self tapping screw between the two parts to bridge the corrosion laye</span></li> <li><span> For a permanent fix remove motor and strip down and then wire brush components back to the metal and then reassemble.<span> </span>Painting the outside of the newly reassembled motor to keep dirt and water at bay is a good idea, wrapping insulation tape over the joins also keeps corrosion at bay.</span><span> </span></li></ul><b><u><span>'Click, click, click' ...occasional start</span></u></b><br /> <ul> <li><span>Check battery condition and cable connections to terminals</span></li> <li><span>Worn contact plates in solenoid failing to provide high current to energize the starter motor winding </span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span>- dismantle solenoid and replace copper contact plates and plunger ring (readily available as an inexpensive (&lt;$10) overhaul kit.</span></li></ul> <p><b><u><span>'Wahr, wahr, wahhrr'...laboured motor</span></u></b><br /> <ul> <li><span>Worn bronze bearings on the ends of the starter motor are allowing the motor core to run off centre and grind against the surrounding field magnets on the inside of the motor body </span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span>- dismantle motor and check that outside edges of the motor core are looking polished. If so, replace the bronze bearings (inexpensive fix)</span></li> <li><span>Over-drawing motor - high current is being drawn but this is not translated into effective turning effort by the motor.<span> </span>The field magnet windings have begun to short out, probably as a result of age or, more likely, through over use in trying to start a poorly igniting engine.<span> </span></span><span>With prolonged use the field windings get very hot and eventually burn off the insulation between the individual wires in the windings creating a short </span><span>- replace/ exchange the starter motor as the field windings of the stator magnets on the motor body are fried and beyond repair</span><span> </span></li></ul> <p><b><u><span>'Wheeeeeeee' start</span></u></b><br /> <ul> <li><span>Although engaged fully with the flywheel a slipping pinion gear clutch means that the motor is ineffectual at turning the engine over</span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span>- remove the starter motor and replace the pinion gear on the end of the starter motor shaft</span><span> </span></li></ul> <p><b><u><span>Lottery start...occasional no start</span></u></b><br /> <ul> <li><span>The motor occasionally refuses to start to turn first time and has a defined rhythmic pulse when turning over - this is due to either burnt out armature coil or the contact face of the armature has become badly pitted or has worn off centre causing the brush to miss making contact </span><span>-<span> </span></span><span>replace brushes and ensure brush passages allow free movement </span><span><span><span> </span></span></span><span>- replace/ exchange the starter motor as armature contact area and windings are beyond repair.</span></li></ul> <p><span> </span><br />

on Jul 22, 2011 | Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cars & Trucks

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Will not start, battery is new, it just clicks and nothing. turn it off, try again and nothing, try again and it starts

Try cleaning and tightening well the battery connections along with the battery wires to the solenoid and starter motor.

Bad connections and low voltage of 12 volts can result in this anomaly.

Jun 12, 2017 | 1997 Lexus ES 300

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My car won't start it simply keeps clicking when the ignition is turned on, turned on the lights , radio and interior light all was working what is happening

Sounds like you need to replace the battery,the battery can have enough power to run lights, stereo,and other accesories but it takes alot of amperage to power the starter motor, so if that is the case you will hear the starter solenoid clicking but no action from the starter. Good luck. !

Nov 30, 2009 | 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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The car does't start

I dont no what model good car you have but the problem you have if the starter just clicks and dosent turn over the engine its Either BATTERY is 50% nogood or the starter motor is poling (shorting inside) or rhe starter bendix isent throughing out or the solenoid is shorting inside OR the engine is siezed up,,,,, But i dont think its the engine so start off with
Turn on headlights ,then turn the key to start Does your lights go out or dim (if yes) jump start from another car ,, if it starts GOOD then battery isent any good,,.
If not and the starter still just clicks or clunks then the starter is faulty BUT before taking it off turn the engine over by hand just a little and try the key again, if no go then take the starter off and away for testing
Let me know how you get on have a goodday Ron
Theres more to check so keep in touch..

Oct 16, 2009 | Ford Fairmont Cars & Trucks

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Volvo 2.0 S40cd 1996 . Battery not flat but won't start , ignition lights flashing , engine won't turn over . Lights ok and central locking ok . tried to jump start from another vehicle but no effect .

hi, the problem you are having sounds like the starter motor has packed up if when you turn the key you get nothing or you might even hear a faint click, if you open the bonnet then get someone to turn the key you might hear a faint click coming from the starter motor. This click indicates the starter motor needs replacing.

you could try hitting the starter motor with a hammer give it a few good hard hits this might get the starter motor working for a while if not then it needs replacing at once if it works then this isnt a permanent fix so be warned.

Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

Oct 10, 2009 | 2000 Volvo S40

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Loud click when I press the start switch 1989 LS650 Savage

The loud click kinda indicates the starter is the problem. A fainter click would implicate the starter relay as the failing component.

Since I can't hear the noise, I would say first check the starter for 12 volts from hot to ground when the ignition is in start position. If you get 12 volts upon this test, then it's most likely the starter relay.

Then check the relay for continuity with starter disconnected from it and the ignition in start position. To find these components, just trace the red cable from the battery.

More info, let me know.


P.S. The lights flicker because the battery voltage is dropping when the starter tries to turn over.

Aug 29, 2009 | 1996 Suzuki LS 650 Savage

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Starter motor

Check the battery is fully charged for a start. Secondly i would test the starter solenoid usually found under the seat, it is identified as a square box with 2 large leads and 2 smaller wires. one of the large leads go down to starter, the other goes up to battery. very carefully cross these out, ensuring the bike is in NEUTRAL before hand. The engine should turn. If all this still fails, replace starter.

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