Not "American Muscle" but still a question

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  1. orangecuse

    orangecuse OT Supporter

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    OK, "The Garage Doors" Forum is gone, so I will ask here.

    Keep in mind, I am not very knowledgeable about automobiles.

    Anyway, I go to turn the ignition on my Junker(Mercury Topaz 93) and nothing. All I hear is one click.(headlamp and all lights work fine) I figured I must have left a light on too long yesterday when fixing a switch and the glovebox on the car with the door open. I go to get my jump-start system, and try to turn it over. Nothing. I go to use Jumper cables to Jump the car, and still nothing.

    Am I dealing with something more than a low/dead battery? Starter maybe? What are some things I should try/test?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. matrix243

    matrix243 Earn this. Earn it.

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    jump the solenoid. you'll know it's the starter if it doesn't engage.
     
  3. Diesel66

    Diesel66 My standards for women is like rent-a-centers stan OT Supporter

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    FYI if the lights are running bright, it is not the battery.
     
  4. mikeflys1

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    not true....its takes quite a bit of power to turn the engine over while it takes next to none to light up some headlights.
     
  5. machine81

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    Yeah, but it wouldn't just "click." If the battery had some juice left you'd probably hear a little "Rrr-Rrr."
     
  6. orangecuse

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    Fixed, I was messin around with the wires connecting to the starter and it started.
    Thanks guys.
     
  7. matrix243

    matrix243 Earn this. Earn it.

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    the most excitement this forums had in awhile.
     
  8. BrentRS1985

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    If you have a very dead battery, the starter will just click...has enough juice to engage the flywheel, but not enough to turn it. And when your battery is that dead, hooking up a couple jumper cables wont always fix it so easily. Make sure the other car is started, and rev it up to around 2500-3000 to make sure the alternator is charging the battery. You may have to hold it there for quite a while too. I've had my fair share of problem batteries, finally forked over the cash for an optima.
     

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