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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 01, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Over the summer, I have installed new starter, battery, cables, solenoid for starter, voltage regulator, and alternator. My power problems with my starter have since gone away, until today. When I turned my key, all I got was a click sound. Then after a couple of tries the starter would turn my engine over. What would make this click sound? I know there isn't any problems getting enough juice to the starter since when it does turn it works fine. I think there is some kind of old wiring problem from ignition switch. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 01, 08:00 PM
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if you hear the solenoid click, then the switch is good. perhaps you have a bad connection. take apart and clean the connection where the battery cable hooks up to the starter, and make sure it is reallyt clean-maybe hit it with some brake cleaner. then put it back together and tighten it down tight.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 01, 08:47 PM
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Make sure you have a good ground too. Check all your ground straps and ground connections. Also if you have any kind of oil leak around the starter it can affect the abilty of the starter to ground to the block.

If none of this helps go to an auto parts store and have them do a starter draw test on the car. Most do it for free and it will tell you right away if you have a failing starter.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 01, 04:56 AM
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I suspect a new solenoid will cure this. As the others said also check connections. A VAT (volt/amp tester) will tell if battery is weak or draw is too high (shorted windings). The solenoid has a washer with a THIN coat of copper on it that often wears off. Try a good quality solenoid (Delco rather than generic), if other tests are OK. Good luck!

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 01, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Come to think of it, I had my dad spray some header paint on my pipes last week and I bet, ( since he isn't too mechanically inclined) sprayed some on my starter terminals since they are close to the headers. Could this effect the connection?
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 01, 09:09 AM
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If your connections are tight paint should not affect them. Check them anyway since things can vibrate loose. Check your voltage when cranking, it sould not be less than 9.6 volts. Keep posting!

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 01, 08:05 PM
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make sure there is a lock washer on the battery cable on the solenoid. it will keep it from vibrating loose.if the connection is loose, and it gets wet, it will corrode fast. or if it gets oil or something on it while loose, it will get a poor connection.i have fought these same gremlins many times.if the solenoid is bad, you can take it apart and turn the round washer thing inside it around to a good spot.that should buy you a few more thousand starts to save up for a new solenoid.

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