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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 17, 6:41 AM Thread Starter
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Click when try to start first try

Recently I have been having this problem where I get in and turn the ignition to start it and it just clicks. I have to turn the key back to off then try again then it will start no problem, a few times though it took me two tries to get it going. A starter problem?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 17, 6:51 AM
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Re: Click when try to start first try

Starter solenoid or drive gear. Easy repair once starter is off the car

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Starter solenoid or drive gear. Easy repair once starter is off the car
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 17, 5:56 AM
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Re: Click when try to start first try

It could be a number of problems:
[1] ign sw
[2] high resistance in sol wiring
[3] solenoid.
[4] Starter brushes or starter motor problem
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 17, 9:42 AM
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I'm in with the last choice....

[4] Starter brushes or starter motor problem

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 17, 9:13 PM
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Re: Click when try to start first try

I say solenoid contact. I had the exact problem you describe. I change the solenoid and all was good.


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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 17, 7:03 PM
 
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Re: Click when try to start first try

I had this problem on my '69, although more severe than yours...it was the ignition switch. It would just click and sometimes wouldn't engage the starter until the 5th or 6th try.
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Re: Click when try to start first try

In addition to the above it could also be corrosion at the battery cable lug to battery post.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 17, 8:56 PM
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Re: Click when try to start first try

That's not really the symptom of bad brushes.
When brushes are worn it will usually keep "just clicking", not work on the second or third try unless you tap the starter with a hammer to cause the short brush to make contact with the commutator.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 17, 9:37 PM
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Re: Click when try to start first try

I also found that jumping with another car or a hot battery would usually help when the brushes were really worn down. After a while, it did become necessary to actually replace the brushes or the whole starter to cure the problem. I just hated putting money in a car I was planning on selling anyway. Just typical used car salesman mentality I guess.

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