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Username Post: Starting issue        (Topic#360320)
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03-29-20 03:57 PM - Post#2789753    

Good battery and clean connections, but only get an intermittent clicking and tickle of the starter when I turn the key. Not sure if the problem starter or a bad ignition switch. Any ideas? Jumping doesn't help, by the way.

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03-29-20 04:04 PM - Post#2789755    
    In response to C10KLee

Load test the battery, check the cables and ground also.

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03-29-20 04:31 PM - Post#2789757    
    In response to C10KLee

tap the starter with a hammer

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03-30-20 04:15 AM - Post#2789778    
    In response to bobb

If it's clicking, the ignition switch is sending 12V to the starter solenoid. The solenoid switches to battery 12V to turn it over. Tap it with a hammer as suggested. Clean the frame to ground good. Check the engine to body and engine to frame grounds. How old is the starter? A local parts stores can check it too. I've seen batteries have 12V and low amps. What's the batter volts? Do volts drop if someone turns the key?

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03-30-20 09:59 AM - Post#2789809    
    In response to gchemist

IF the battery is good, then it's the starter solenoid. Specifically, the "internal", positive posts inside the solenoid. If you're cheap, and don't want to buy a new solenoid, then remove the plastic/balklite cap, and flip the post around 180 degrees; it will be obvious to you by the arcing wear to the post. Then it can start the arcing wear all over again. The big copper washer is what actually makes contact with the posts, but only one post wears. I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me over 50-55 years working in this hobby. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.

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04-10-20 06:08 PM - Post#2790862    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Yeah, pretty sure it's the starter, or at least the solenoid. I have done that contact workaround before. Probably just get a new solenoid next week, if not a new starter altogether.

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