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.
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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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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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.
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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