Join Date: May 2002
Location: near Rochester, New York,
Re: starter problem
If you get the click, then your starting switch wire would seem to be getting 12 volts down to the Starter Cell. If the Starter Cell is clicking, is it bringing down the 12 volts from the Main post that the batter cable hooks too, to the smaller post down below it? If it is, and the wires are good as you stated, then half the circuit is complete. If that is the case, I would expect that your problem may be related to the negative side not having a solid connection. Maybe with a poor connection, again if this is the case, to get the Starter Cell to click, you only need a small amount of current. On the other hand, if the neg side is loose or damged, maybe the starter cannot pull enough current to fire up, as it needs a good deal of current. I would take a jumper cable, hook one side to the neg side of the battery, the other side to the end of the Starter, but stay way away from the Positive terminal on the starter. You don't want to accidentally touch those two together. Then just try to turn over the car real quick, not start it. If you can turn it over, you know what your problem is.
Don't try using the jumper cables to go from the Pos terminal to the starter. I watched a kid do this one time and it wasn't pretty, it's how you make a welder. (Anyway, this is just a guess, good luck.)
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