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Old 08-27-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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99 coupe won't start

hi, my 99 coupe won't start. when i turn key it clicks once then nothing. the instrument panel lights up. it is not the battery, and its not the starter. there are no fuses blown, and it's not the relays. what else can i check. im not the best at working on cars so forgive my ignorance. i had the starter checked, i switched out the starter relay with the hi lo wiper relay, which has the same numbers on it, and that doesn't seem to be it either. it doesn't try to start or anything, it just clicks once and that is it. any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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could still be the starter....the solenoid is clicking but the bendix may not be kicking out
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Yeah, starter should keep on clicking for a while. I had a 97 with no engine and the wiring harness in battery an everything. Put the key all the way to start and all that is heard is one click. Now with the starter if the battery is dead the starter will keep on clicking and if the starter is dead you won't hear the ticking
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so even if i took it to oreilys and had the starter checked, it could still be that? they said it should be testing the solenoid too. i tend to believe you guys more than the guy up there, he didnt really seem to know.. so it could still be the starter/solenoid??? thanks for helping.
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had this problem with a ford ranger in the autoshop, a dead battery with some juice would make the clicking noise though.
But if it's not the battery it's starter. I don't know how much they cost because, when I replaced the one on the ranger the school paid for it.
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so even if i took it to oreilys and had the starter checked, it could still be that? they said it should be testing the solenoid too. i tend to believe you guys more than the guy up there, he didnt really seem to know.. so it could still be the starter/solenoid??? thanks for helping.
did they put it on the machine in the store (like with it off the car) or did they just use a handheld tester. Working at Advance I will say handheld testers aren't very accurate for the starter testing..Best way is to pull it off and have it put on the bigger machine in the store. or even just take a stick and mallet...start tapping the side of the starter with some force while someone tries to start it...
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I had that happen few times and it was my ground wire not making good connection for battery post.may check it
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we bench tested the starter in autoshop, I was sick that day though...
I'm sure you could find a video on youtube, and bench test it.
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Pretty sure it's the starter
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did they put it on the machine in the store (like with it off the car) or did they just use a handheld tester. Working at Advance I will say handheld testers aren't very accurate for the starter testing..Best way is to pull it off and have it put on the bigger machine in the store. or even just take a stick and mallet...start tapping the side of the starter with some force while someone tries to start it...
i took it off and they tested it on the bigger machine in the store
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Try another store. You can never get a very accurate reading with someone who doesn't know how to work the machine. Believe me. I took an alternator to 3 auto zones one day. The first one said its toast and the other two said it was fine
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Try another store. You can never get a very accurate reading with someone who doesn't know how to work the machine. Believe me. I took an alternator to 3 auto zones one day. The first one said its toast and the other two said it was fine
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Did you see the starter gear rise up and spin when tested?
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:01 PM   #14
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thank you guys for the help. it was the starter. oreilys was wrong. got it running now. i really appreciate your help. now i know to not trust their testers
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