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Old 04-22-2008, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Car won't start, ticking noise when attempted

Hey guys I'm not a grease-monkey so this will probably be an easy question for most of you seasoned-vets to answer for me but my car has been running very strong these past few weeks but today I go out to start and and it just ticks when I turn the key, I think the starter must be shot right? Any help would be fantastic thanks a lot guys
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does it make constant fast ticks when you try to crank it? When my car made a ticking noise when i tried to crank the engine, it turned out to be the battery needing to be recharged or replaced.

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Yehp sounds like a weak battery.

Starter doesnt have enough juice to turn over. Do the lights dim on the dash and such when you try to turn it over?
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check your ground wires before you go any further. follow the ones from the battery to where they should end. the two from the batter will go as follows.
one will connect direct to firewall next to the wiper motor. the other should follow the main power cable towards starter but fastens to the tranny bell housing either on or above a starter bolt.

there is a third that connects the plenum to the firewall this is an unshielded flat braided cable. if any of these are lose tighten them up. if off connect to the next nearest available bolt hole. and then try to start.

i can not emphasise enough the importance of all these wires. if the car/motor has no ground it will ground via the throttle cable from throttle body to junction box and melt the plastic coating. this will stick the inner cable to the steal outter sleave and you have no throttle then and a car off road.
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Beat your starter with a hammer, report back. Fixed mine.
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Beat your starter with a hammer, report back. Fixed mine.
That's hilarious because that's exactly what I did with mine except with a wrench and out of frustration. After the hit it started working again, I swear these cars are weird sometimes.

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