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Old 01-30-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

Started happening about a week ago, sometimes it starts, sometimes it doesnt. Today it did it to me about 4x in a row.

Before I go an order a new starter, are there any specific fuses to check and replace or anything of that nature?

Bat volatge is fine.

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

Sounds like you need a new starter. That one is going to lave you walking real soon now.

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

Yeah, luckily I got it home safely, it took me about 15 tries before I could get it started. It's definitely on it's way out.

Hey OldNuc how's it going?

I don't know much about starters, so it's normal for them to just flake out like this? Sometimes it just starts up no problem and others, it just clicks and plays dead. But today was the first time it was consistent.

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

No chance of it being the Ignition Starter Switch or anything like that right?

Also, anyone know what's the latest SC2 year I can get for a starter for a 97 SC2 if I find one used?

I found a used 2002 sc2 starter motor for $26 and free shipping, as opposed to a new one for $120

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

Either way, I ended up ordering the used 2002 starter for $25, I double checked and the part numbers are the same from the DOHC/SOHC 97-02 models according to rockauto.com. Looks like I lucked out on this one.

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:54 PM   #6
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Default Re: Car wont start, single click noise heard when turning key.

The starter is one size fits all 91-02. I usually opt for the recycled starter also. You can buy a bucket full of used starters for 25 ea before you spend 125.00. The only other option would be a dirty battery cable but that also will turn off the power to the radio and make it go brain dead and you would notice that. A good solid click and no whir and 4X tries later it cranks is a bad starter. Dirty battery cables do not fix themselves.

Most of the aftermarket starters seem to have a short life. The used OEM starter will usually outlast the aftermarket Chinese copy or rebuilt unit. These people seem to be the exception though, http://www.db-starter-alternator.com/ No complaints yet that I have heard.

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