2/08/2012

Starter Clicks But engine Does Not Turn Over - Tech in Trunk?

If the car's starter clicks and the machine does not turn over, this could be caused by several things. The most tasteless cause of clicking when the car is being started is a low battery. Most habitancy would assume that the starter is bad if it only clicks, but low-voltage can cause the starter to make this sound.

The battery is the heart of the starting and electrical system. If the battery has been drained or has a weak cell, this can cause the starter to only click. Many times the battery could just been drained due to a door left slightly open, development the dome light stay on. Other times a vanity light or a phone charger could be left on. During my time as a expert auto technician, I've had a trustable co-worker close me up in the trunk so I could make sure the trunk light went off when the trunk was closed!

Automatic Car Starters

In order to test the battery it must have a good charge. If the battery is not expensed wholly the tester will indicate that it needs to be expensed before testing can proceed. The first step when checking the starter and electrical principles is to make sure the battery is in good condition. Most parts market will check batteries for free. Once it's considered the battery is good the rest of the principles can then be checked. Loose or corroded connections can also cause a clicking and for the car not to start.

Starter Clicks But engine Does Not Turn Over - Tech in Trunk?

Starter

The starter solenoid on many Ford vehicle's is on the inner fender well, on most other vehicles the starter solenoid will be mounted on the starter. The clicking that is heard many times is the solenoid. But low-voltage whether from a drained battery, bad battery or poor connections can cause this. Most of the time if the vehicle can be jump-started the starter is okay. This would also indicate that the connections to the starter are good.

Alternator

Once the vehicle is running the alternator output can be checked. If the alternator is not charging the battery, it will be drained During the process of starting the car and driving. When the alternator is checked, the voltage and amperage output can be measured. Also the diode pattern will be checked to make sure the alternator won't drain the battery when the machine is turned off. In the past do-it-yourselfers could disconnect the battery while the vehicle is running to check the alternator, if the car kept running the alternator was good. Doing this on computerized vehicles can be harmful. If the battery is disconnected while a computerized vehicle is running the alternator output can increase sharply allowing excess voltage to spike the computer.

Battery

When purchasing a exchange battery the cold cranking amps required for the vehicle should be checked. It's best to buy a battery with more cold cranking amps than the minimum required. Also when purchasing a battery you should consider if you want maintenance free or not. If the battery is hard to way or has a cover then a maintenance free battery is preferred. For instance on some Chrysler Sebrings and Chevrolet Corvettes the battery is settled behind an inner fender and on a Chevrolet Ssr. The battery is settled underneath the bed where the spare tire would commonly go. If installing the battery yourself be sure to observation which side is sure and negative in case you were sold the incorrect battery.

Terminals

The terminals should be free of corrosion and should tighten up well. Sometimes especially on import vehicles the battery terminals will be very thin and can have hairline cracks causing a poor connection. Avoid forcing the battery terminals on by tapping them. The battery casing can be damaged causing a leak, if the battery acid seeps out it can cause fast corrosion. If the battery terminal bolts will not tighten, then replacing the terminals is recommended. When the connections are tight you should not be able to twist them by hand.

Starter Clicks But engine Does Not Turn Over - Tech in Trunk?Ford Flex Remote Start Demonstration Video Clips. Duration : 1.40 Mins.


Starting the Ford Flex using the aftermarket remote starter model Valet 561T made by Directed Electronics (www.directed.com). This aftermarket remote integrates seamlessly to the Ford key and vehicle with no need for an additional control.

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