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Old 03-22-2012, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wont start, single "click" only

Having spent the last 24 hours pouring over the forums, to solve my problem, I am still stumped.

06 auto, second owner

I drove it yesterday twice, no issues at all. After I parked in the garage, it wont start back up. I tried moving the gear selector (automatic), and removed the battery cable. Battery is 8 months old, and seems to hold a charge just fine. As others have told, all lights and interior gauges do the start up 'check' but when I turn the key the headlights go out and I get one loud "click" and that is it. Nothing.

I would be surprised if it was the ignition switch, since it worked yesterday, but I am willing to order one and try that if that's the advice you give.

BUT...I was wondering about the starter itself. Some others have been told perhaps starter has a dead spot on it, and to 'rap' it with a hammer. Problem is, i don't know what or where I am looking. Any pics to share of what and where I need to hit?

I would REALLY like to not have to tow it and have it looked at if I can do this myself. I am barely mechanically inclined however. Thanks for your help!
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Having spent the last 24 hours pouring over the forums, to solve my problem, I am still stumped.

06 auto, second owner

I drove it yesterday twice, no issues at all. After I parked in the garage, it wont start back up. I tried moving the gear selector (automatic), and removed the battery cable. Battery is 8 months old, and seems to hold a charge just fine. As others have told, all lights and interior gauges do the start up 'check' but when I turn the key the headlights go out and I get one loud "click" and that is it. Nothing.

I would be surprised if it was the ignition switch, since it worked yesterday, but I am willing to order one and try that if that's the advice you give.

BUT...I was wondering about the starter itself. Some others have been told perhaps starter has a dead spot on it, and to 'rap' it with a hammer. Problem is, i don't know what or where I am looking. Any pics to share of what and where I need to hit?

I would REALLY like to not have to tow it and have it looked at if I can do this myself. I am barely mechanically inclined however. Thanks for your help!
Don't move it with out it running. I'll PM you.
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An old Shade Tree Mechanic always toots his Horn. If it sounds strong like it always has. Then most likely you have a bad Starter or Start Solenoid. In any case. On a Chevy. Just replace the whole starter.
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Starter or battery...i just had a 3 month old megatron battery go bad in my chevelle....i was stumped at first. Put a multimeter on it and check for 12 volts before you change the starter...my .02
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Starter or battery...i just had a 3 month old megatron battery go bad in my chevelle....i was stumped at first. Put a multimeter on it and check for 12 volts before you change the starter...my .02
You should see atleast 12.5 to 12.8 on a full charge. Always leave your Test leads on for about a minute. If you don't see the Battery Draining Volts. Then chances are the Battery is fine.
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Thanks guys. And Moody...got your PM.
I will check the battery itself tomorrow. I just am stumped that it worked fine a few hours before!
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I am barely mechanically inclined however. Thanks for your help!
Thom, We know you are a "wiz" with tail lights anyway.
Some of us are both electrically and mechanically challenged or can't do squat with either! One out of two ain't bad!
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Thom, We know you are a "wiz" with tail lights anyway.
Some of us are both electrically and mechanically challenged or can't do squat with either! One out of two ain't bad!
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I would pull the battery and take it to one of the auto stores for a test. They can put a load on it to verfy if there is a problem with it.
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Just tried jumping it, and same thing. Just a single "click" and no start. Guess it is the starter that needs to be replaced? Any ideas on how to do it, or how much I will get robbed to have it done?

I pulled the battery out and I will take it to a shop to get it load tested and replaced. Crossing my fingers that maybe, just maybe it is bad and wont even allow the jump (I doubt it though). Going to order ignition switch too.

Please tell me if you think it is still the starter....

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I don't personally think it is the starter, reason why is generally speaking they go bad....not saying it can't be that...but normally you don't just jump in and it stops working, there are warning signs. There could be a loose connection or ground to the starter though causing it not to work. The job is easy with stock manifolds to change the starter....just a few bolts.
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Just tried jumping it, and same thing. Just a single "click" and no start. Guess it is the starter that needs to be replaced? Any ideas on how to do it, or how much I will get robbed to have it done?

I pulled the battery out and I will take it to a shop to get it load tested and replaced. Crossing my fingers that maybe, just maybe it is bad and wont even allow the jump (I doubt it though). Going to order ignition switch too.

Please tell me if you think it is still the starter....
The Starter is an easy device to replace. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes with the right Tools. The Battery Has to be disconnected. You have already done this. I would just purchase a Starter if your Battery checks out OK.



Battery's are a Tricky Animal. They can read 12 volts and still be bad. Most people don't know that you can't use Ohm's Law on a Battery to calculate it's Amperage and Resistance. Even though the Voltage in this case is a given; by how many Cells are present. The reason Ohm's Law can't be performed on a Battery is because the Resistance in a Battery is constantly changing. Just food for thought.
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Make sure you check all grounds as well, a bad return path could cause an issue too. Voltage is one thing to check but to be thorough it needs a good load test.
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Thanks guys! Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!!
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Have you tried tapping the starter with a hummer? Sometimes the solenoid is stuck and a hammer can be a good wake up call.
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Have you tried tapping the starter with a hummer? Sometimes something is stuck and a hammer can be a good wake up call.
He received a PM from some dude; on how to perform this humiliating procedure.
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He received a PM from some dude; on how to perform this humiliating procedure.
Oh yea I would rather hit my Chevy with a hammer than drive a ford
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When and if my starter goes on the blink I'm going with a hi torqued gear starter
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When and if my starter goes on the blink I'm going with a hi torqued gear starter
They are very nice. I use them on all my High Compression Mills.
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That's what Isis and figured the lite load Fromm Ssr it should last me forever ha ha thought I would put in the laughs so RRR wouldn't need to
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That's what Isis and figured the lite load Fromm Ssr it should last me forever ha ha thought I would put in the laughs so RRR wouldn't need to
My High Compression 383 Stroker in my 40 Ford. It only takes a bump of the IGN, switch to start that puppy. It ignites in a flash.
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Have you tried tapping the starter with a hammer? Sometimes the solenoid is stuck and a hammer can be a good wake up call.
Going to try that this weekend. Need the wife to be here to turn the key, and call 911 if I get stuck under the R!!
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Going to try that this weekend. Need the wife to be here to turn the key, and call 911 if I get stuck under the R!!
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Sounds like fun!! I'll Help ya.

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In my time I've had both starters and batteries to suddenly "die" without a warning.

THe cheapest, easiest, and most common problem would be the battery.
Be sure that you confirm that the battery is indeed charged before you go through the process of replacing the starter.

If the "tapping" on the starter with a hammer get's the starter to turn over then you definitely had a starter issue.

Re-check all of the cables, especially the power (red) ones in the red box under the hood, at the battery, and at the starter and be extremely careful when doing this. You don't want to allow a metal wrench of socket/ratchet to ground against the frame or other metal parts.
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In my time I've had both starters and batteries to suddenly "die" without a warning.

THe cheapest, easiest, and most common problem would be the battery.
Be sure that you confirm that the battery is indeed charged before you go through the process of replacing the starter.

If the "tapping" on the starter with a hammer get's the starter to turn over then you definitely had a starter issue.

Re-check all of the cables, especially the power (red) ones in the red box under the hood, at the battery, and at the starter and be extremely careful when doing this. You don't want to allow a metal wrench of socket/ratchet to ground against the frame or other metal parts.
Dang good advice.
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Just got back home with a fresh new battery. At the shop, they tested it and said it was indeed low, and should be replaced. It was a free replacement, so why not! I HOPE it will solve the issue, so I am going to install it tomorrow and check all the cables while I am at it.

Thanks for the advice everyone! I also ordered an ignition switch (just in case) and if it still wont start, i will use the 'hammer' approach to the starter. Not a big deal overall, just a disappointment since this week the weather was 75+ for 4 days, and I missed them all. Next week is only 50-60, so I guess I have some time to tinker and fix what needs attention.

THANK YOU SSR guru's for your help!
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Just got back home with a fresh new battery. At the shop, they tested it and said it was indeed low, and should be replaced. It was a free replacement, so why not! I HOPE it will solve the issue, so I am going to install it tomorrow and check all the cables while I am at it.

Thanks for the advice everyone! I also ordered an ignition switch (just in case) and if it still wont start, i will use the 'hammer' approach to the starter. Not a big deal overall, just a disappointment since this week the weather was 75+ for 4 days, and I missed them all. Next week is only 50-60, so I guess I have some time to tinker and fix what needs attention.

THANK YOU SSR guru's for your help!
Sorry you missed the nice weather. But it sounds like you found your problem.
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New battery and no change. Still only giving me one "click" when I turn the key. I tried getting underneath, but cannot figure out the the *@& to get a hammer anywhere near the starter!

How the heck do you guys do it? I could barely see the damn thing. Is there a trick to getting at it?
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New battery and no change. Still only giving me one "click" when I turn the key. I tried getting underneath, but cannot figure out the the *@& to get a hammer anywhere near the starter!

How the heck do you guys do it? I could barely see the damn thing. Is there a trick to getting at it?
jack it up and put it on jack stands for your safety.
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