When I turn the key all I hear is a fairly loud snapping noise coming
from the engine compartment which I am assuming is coming from the
starter. The battery is not dead or even low. It has been starting
fine up to today. Actually it started fine several times this morning
when it was driven into town. Then this afternoon my wife was going
to use it and that is when it started making the snapping noise. I
checked the battery and it was fine. No warning light or alarm of any
kind as to what the problem is. Any ideas or help with diagnosing
this would be most appreciated. Thanks!
More then likely the starter is bad.If you have someone hold the key to the
start position while taking a hammer and tapping on the starter I bet it
starts. If so replace the starter.
Thanks! I tried this but it kept on snapping. But I already plan to
replace the starter. Got a remanufactured one at
Bumper to Bumper for about $100. Hope it's not too bad of a job to
Well I changed the starter. Good thing I have fairly small hands and
nimble fingers! It went ok. Guess what? It still did the same loud
clicking noise I had with the old starter!?### What the heck? I had
checked the battery before and it seemed ok.... I mean the lights
came on, the radio played, the fan worked.... And it showed about 80%
on my battery meter! My old Ford truck would have started with
it....! So in desparation I decided to jump the battery with another
I had and walla! It started. Does the starter on this vehicle
require a fully charged battery to operate? If so, I guess I should
be carrying along a spare battery! Any other thoughts on this would
again be welcomed and appreciated! I suppose my alternator is in
question now???? Anyway, I don't know how long a starter is actually
good for but now I should be a little better off with a new one.
If you tested the battery with a bad connection it could have showed a good
battery at the time you tested it and possibly made a good contact. Any
starter is going to need a good strong battery to start the vehicle.
I'm thinking there might be a bad area on the battery post that could
have made a weak connection to the starter??? Although there was
absolutely no corrosion visible??? I bought the vehicle a couple
years ago and have had prety good luck with it. Just got back from a
2500 mile trip up into the Rockies with no problem. I'm pretty sure
the battery was original also so not complaining about having to buy a
new battery if need be either. I have it on the charger at 2 amp rate
to see if it will take and hold a full charge. I consider this
great mechanical experience at the very least!
Thanks for your replies!
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