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Old 06-04-2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Key turns but clicks or hums wont start

I have SL2 2002 intermittingly I go out to start car and the key turns but clicks or hums but won't start. Other times it just starts right up. what any tips as to what the problem is? Thought it might be an ignition cyl lock problem not sure any help will be appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:47 AM   #2
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I have SL2 2002 intermittingly I go out to start car and the key turns but clicks or hums but won't start. Other times it just starts right up. what any tips as to what the problem is? Thought it might be an ignition cyl lock problem not sure any help will be appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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I cleaned battery post and made sure all was connected properly. The problem continued.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:05 PM   #4
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Is the click/hum coming from inside the car, or under the hood?
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:07 PM   #5
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Is it a stick or automatic?

If a stick, make sure the floor mat isn't bunched up under the pedals, you have a clutch interlock.

If an automatic, try starting in neutral instead of park.

I suspect the hum is the normal noise of the in-tank fuel pump, you do not normally hear it because the car has started and will drown out that noise.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:24 PM   #6
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the humming and clicking are coming from inside the car. The car is automatic and have tried starting in neutral but that hasn't worked either.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:45 PM   #7
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sounds like a dead battery, get it charged, or get a new one. But also check ur alternator. Because it may not be giving out the proper voltage to charge ur battery while ur driving. Im pretty sure that should help u
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To elaborate on elj's idea, do you hear the hum when you turn the key to START, or to RUN?
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The humming is when you turn the key to start all other things work lights radio heater a/c just the ignition turns but won't start
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I have the same problem. Sometimes if you hold the key in start for like a minute it randomly just starts right up. And it does it most when it's been sitting in the sun for a while. I feel that my starter might be nearing the end of its life..
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Sounds like a dying starter to me....
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Same Problem here... It IS your starter! Change it!
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Make sure it's your starter. Take an extra wire and connect it to your solenoid and run it up to your battery, then put electrical tape on the end. The next time this happens, pop the hood, remove the tape, then connect the wire to the positive battery terminal and see if the engine turns over. If it does, go try the key again, and if the problem persists, it's definatly something other than the starter. If it doesn't turn over, then the starter is definatly bad.
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Check to make sure connections at starter are clean and tight.No corrision
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Make sure it's your starter. Take an extra wire and connect it to your solenoid and run it up to your battery, then put electrical tape on the end. The next time this happens, pop the hood, remove the tape, then connect the wire to the positive battery terminal and see if the engine turns over. If it does, go try the key again, and if the problem persists, it's definatly something other than the starter. If it doesn't turn over, then the starter is definatly bad.
Or you can just get under the car and see if there is voltage on the purple wire to the starter. If you have voltage there, with no starter movement, the starter is bad. That is as long as your pos batt cable is good.
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