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Old 04-26-2018, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default 99 SL click, no start

Baby was actin weird on the way to work, rpm and speedometer shorting out. engine coughed a few times. Low on coolant. This evening tried to start her back up and i got a crank and then a click. Battery seems fine. Now just a click when i turn the key. Crank Sensor? Troubleshooting help, anyone? I need to drive up to the Appalachians friday morning to document eminent domain protests and tree-sit protests : https://itsgoingdown.org/a-fire-is-c...ry-starve-out/

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Old 04-26-2018, 02:16 AM   #2
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Crank sensors operate only when the engine turns over so no engine turn over, no crank sensor operation. In other words, the crank sensor only outputs signals when the crankshaft rotates at starter speed+. The crank sensor isn't the problem. You have either a main power system or starter issue.

The best way to troubleshoot this since you hear only a loud click (presumed coming from the starter) is to start troubleshooting the main power system; battery must be fully charged and known to be in good condition, both battery cables are clean and free of powdery deposits, their connections are snug including two main grounds (chassis and engine block), drive belt tight (not loose). If in doubt about your battery, either put it on a charge or have it tested at any store selling car batteries. By ensuring the entire main power system is in good condition allows you to examine the starter.

Presuming the power system is fine, if the starter is original, it may be worn out. Without a mileage reference, its guessing but a '99 usually has well over 100k miles and if well over 150k miles, the original starter may be worn out. Again, if the battery and cables are in good condition, you can test the starter by shorting the starter relay large terminal (two cables connected to it) to the smaller terminal (one purple wire) with a screwdriver. Leave the ignition switch OFF. This will allow the starter to run, if its working, and turn over the engine without the engine firing up while you're under it. If the starter clicks, replace it.

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Old 04-26-2018, 12:25 PM   #3
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I am operating on a thin budget. Would an attempt to use booster cables signal to me the battery's condition?

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Old 04-26-2018, 01:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: 99 SL click, no start

Take the battery to your FLAPS and have it tested for free. If it is OK, use a voltmeter to track this down; meters good enough for this can be had for about $10, maybe even less. Jumper cables aren't going to tell anything definitive about the battery or much else; just some ambiguous clues....

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Yes and no. Booster cables, if not heavy duty types of 6, 4 or 2 gauge, may need connections without starting for a minute or more as thin gauge/cheap booster cables won't provide a lot of amperage for quick starting. Letting booster cables sit for a few minutes connected to both batteries helps charge a suspect battery, especially if another car is idling and providing a charge. Its normal to expect booster cables to help with starting but they can sometimes mask problems. Heavy duty booster cables used by commercial tow trucks are best but again mask a battery or starter problem. If you want to try boosting the battery with jumper cables then go ahead and try.

The easiest way to test a battery is a free battery test at AutoZone or other auto store providing free checks. Visor or call around for in-car or bench tests.

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So a jump started the car for about two minutes. Died while driving and exhibiting electrical symptoms (speedometer and rpm shorting out). The S belt was loose, so I pulled it back over the tensioner I believe. Coolant seems to have leaked onto the belt to make it slip.
Car needs coolant, but don't want to fill it up just to splash everywhere and lube up the belt again. Cant seem to find source of the leak, any suggestions?

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Worn out serpentine belt tensioner not allowing the alternator to output to supply car electrical needs while recharging the battery? This can kill the car electronics as you see it.

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A likely source of the coolant leak is the water pump.

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