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Old 04-03-04, 04:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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(SOLVED) - Engine not turning over... dash lights flashing with clicking...

I posted the following link the other day and it still has not been solved I think... The car will not start now...

Strange elec. issue... SRS, door lock...

The car simply will not turn over now...

When I turn the key the dash lights come on bright but when I try to start the car it doesn't turn over. There seems to be a clicking coming from the dash and the dash lights flicker in accordance to the clicking.

The battery is fairly new (12 months) but I still put it on a charger for an hour to see if that helped. Same problem. Connections are good.

I have read through the forum and see that it could be the starter or maybe a relay. I am thinking that it is not the starter because of the previous strange electrical thing I am having.

I will have the battery tested this weekend.

Any ideas dudes...? The main relay...?

Thanks...

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Old 04-03-04, 04:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe check the connections to everything. If you had your car worked on recently, maybe something came loose. My engine was really rough one day because of a loose spark plug wire.
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With the clicking and all it sounds like a dead battery, but if you charged it for an hour I imagine the car would at least start. I'd almost wanna say alternator, but if the lights are nice and bright i dunno. Check yer ignition coil plug (it's the one right in the middle of the distributor and make sure you didn't knock it loose.
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Possible main relay, but it also sounds like your battery is dead. Charge it fully and try again.
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Was it hot outside when you had this issue (80 degrees +)? If so, I'd start with the main relay. Try it when it's cool outside, in the shade, etc.
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Not hot...

I was not hot outsite... it has been sitting in my garage for 3 days now...

I will have the battery tested tonight...

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per Haynes...and I'll skip the items you've mentioned : leaking fuel injector(s) fuel pump pressure regulator etc., fuel not reaching the fuel rail, Ignition components damp or damaged, worn faulty or incorrectly gapped spark plugs, broken loose or disconnected wiring in the starting circuit, loose distributor is changing ignition timing, broken loose or disconnected wires at the ignition coil or faulty coil.
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i had a similar problem and it was the main relay. I cleaned it out and never had problems again.
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My 88 Legend was doing this some times. I found out one of the distributer cables was frayed and it was arc'ing. Replaced my cables and it doesn't happen anymore. The cable that was freyed was the one to the coil.

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I'd say, battery, starter or solenoid, ign. switch, in that order.
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Like ND1980LS said in his post....battery cables. And I'll elaborate. Check both. Make sure connections are good at both battery terminals AND solenoid and ground side. Clean grounded connection AND connection at starter solenoid. Also make sure you check the cables themselves.

The quick way to test them is to use a set of jumper cables. Connect one end to the battery ground and another to a ground point... if car starts with no clicking...bad ground cable. Do the same with the red side using jumper cable from pos side of battery to starter solenoid. If it starts no prob you have a bad positive battery cable.
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this happened to me while working on my sound, the power cable to the starter came loose, it would click and dash lights work too, i found the cable and plugged it back in and works fine.
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The problem was a bad battery terminal... replaced and it is good to go... all that for that...
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