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My car has been having problems starting for a while now. It would just make a clicking noise when you start it but if you let it sit for a minute or two it would eventually start. Then recently it wouldn't start anymore all so we changed the starter. Now it would run from time to time, very seldom though, but it when does it doesn't even make the clicking noise like it used to. By the way it does work if you push the car with someone operating it inside, if that's any help. Also, it's a manual. Pleeeeease help! thanks!

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The clicking noise that you are describing is the starter solenoid plunger contacting the power feed wire contact (inside the starter) from the battery to the starter. The starter did not crank the engine because the other contact from the solenoid plunger was not transmitting battery voltage to the windings of the starter motor. This is a common problem. Replacing the starter plunger & both contacts would haved solve the problem. Regarding the replacement starters, I have observed many times that "aftermarket/rebuilt" starters are, at times, just as bad as the one you are taking out of your car. Try this: Remove the starter. Remove the 3 bolts on the side of the starter that retains a metal cover. Remove the cobver. Remove the metal plunger. Inspect the contacts and the bottom of the plunger. If anything appears burnt or worn, replace the contacts & the plunger.

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