Probably something simple - but here's what happens.
Door open: dome lights on
Key in: bells, lights, clock, radio, fans
Key Turn: one loud CLICK then nothing from the engine area but all the
aforementioned still functioning....
What I've done:
pulled both cables from both terminals steel wooled both of them and
the insides of the cables
same thing after tightening the cables back on the terminals
charged/jumped from my car after it ran for 15 minutes (connection was
So, is this the starter? Starter solenoid? Something along those lines?
I'm so completely LOST as to where the starter is! I haven't been under
the car yet...so not sure...but I just really can't follow the lead
from the battery to...where IS the starter ANYWAY? :)
Did you check the fluid levels in the battery? I'll bet they're low.
Even so-called "sealed" batteries lose fluid and need to be refilled
periodically. If so, refill each cell with DISTILLED water until the
water just touches the plastic filler neck. You can get distilled water
at a grocery store or pharmacy.
BTW, how old is the battery? If it's more than 3 years old, it's
probably due for replacement, anyway.
Probably not, since the car started when jumped.
I haven't looked on the Elantra engine, but it's probably on the back
side of the engine, facing the firewall, tucked up under the intake
manifold, where it's a royal pain in the butt to get to.
MY BAD! What I MEANT to communicate was that after I charged it for 15
minutes from my car it did NOT start - my car continually charged the
Elantra's batt...but the elnatra never started! =)
Does that clear things up any? Sorry for the confusion!
So, here's your possibilities as I see them:
Bad cables, cables dirty not attached to starter or ground points
properly, starter defective, or engine or accessory locked and will not
A really loud clunk tends to indicate something is locked.
A click is probably the starter solenoid. If that's the case, you'll
probably need to do some testing to see whether you're getting proper
voltage to the starter while attempting to crank the engine.
** BATTERY NEW **
Started no problem a week ago AFTER I posted this??? WIERD.
Week later - Got home after it sat NOT being charged and it STARTED
THREE TIMES consecutively w/o any problem @ all!
is this how a solenoid goes? Or a starter?
It's more of an a lighter clicking sound, not the heavy clicking
I've got a few price quotes on replacing the starter - looking like
$250 for parts and labor...is that about right?
is this one okay? Or should I stay away from ebay rebuilt starters?
Thanks for the input!
I couldn't say what the quality is, but I'd feel more comfortable buying
electrical parts locally, where they can be easily exchanged. Also,
local rebuilders will take your old starter (referred to as a "core")
and rebuild it. I'm fortunate to have a high-quality rebuilder a few
miles from home. Check around and perhaps you'll find one, too. If
you're anywhere near Merrimack, NH I highly recommend Auto Electric
Warehouse (http://www.autoelectric.com /). I've bought several
alternators and starters from them over the years and they've always
lasted longer than the original parts did.
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