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Old 05-26-2002, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default Car won't start, only a clicking sound

Last Thursday, my car would not start. It was working fine earlier in the day, then boom! I turned the key and all I got was a repeated clicking sound. I got it to push start and also to jump start. I tested the battery and got 12-13v not running and 14.5v running. My car runs fine while it's running but won't start on it's own. Has anyone had this problem before. Anyone know what could be causing this problem? 96 SC2.

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Old 05-26-2002, 09:48 PM   #2
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Uhh, I don't know what to say other then maybe a bad solenoid on the starter. However, you never, ever push start a newer car... you can trash your catalytic convertor from raw fuel being dumped into it, and you can cause a whole slew of other problems.
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Old 05-27-2002, 01:27 AM   #3
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Thanx for the advice. Where did you here that spill about the catalytic convertor? What other problem can manifest from push starting? By newer cars, do you mean having a catalytic convertor or just how newer cars are made?

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Old 05-27-2002, 05:10 PM   #4
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OVB is correct, probably the solenoid. But also check for corroded/loose wire connections (battery to starter, battery to ground and engine to ground). Most likely these are not it, but may be worth a check.

OVB - never heard this business about not pushing catalytic converter equipped cars to start them. The excessive fuel could cause damage to the cylinder walls via oil washdown, but haven't heard that it can wreck the converter. I know push starts aren't ideal, but I've never heard one should never do one.

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Old 05-27-2002, 07:54 PM   #5
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" you can trash your catalytic convertor from raw fuel being dumped into it,"

Don't know how you would get any fuel into the engine as the injectors will not fire off until they get a signal from the their controler and that won't happen until a signal from the crank sensor is gotton as the engine rotates.

As for the no start; bad connections or bad starter are likely causes.

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Hmm... Thats just what I have been told.. I did not understand it either. Eh, phooey... I wouldn't do it even if it didn't... just too much crap can go wrong in a push start.
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Old 05-28-2002, 09:48 AM   #7
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i've push started my saturn before. the battery cable pulled loose from the block and it was stuck at the mall. doh! it's really not so bad being a 2400 lbs car. you can almost do it solo. push-push-push, jump in and pop the clutch. vroom vroom. kids don't try this at home. i am a professional.

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Old 05-28-2002, 04:06 PM   #8
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Still sounds like a bad battery to me. Even though your no load voltage is 12 V, your voltage under load can drop to almost nothing. Take the battery and have it tested. I just replaced mine. The no load voltage was showing 12.8 V, but under load it dropped to 6.3V. And yes, they can go bad instantly. Mine worked fine one day then was bad the next morning.

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Old 05-28-2002, 07:57 PM   #9
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agreed... just last night my battery died out of the blue... showed 12.9 volts with no load, but dropped to 2.9 when tested. My bet would we that one of the cells in the battery shorted, and a new battery will clear up the problem

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Old 05-28-2002, 11:41 PM   #10
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You know what it happened to me and when it did it kepted resting the computer. All I had to do was check the connection to the battery. The connection had to be tightened and I was late for the first day of my new job but after I did that it started right up. But it is a manual and sometimes its has sort of a jittery start you know where its telling you nooo dont start me ohhh ok i guess alright ill start all in 30 seconds before it turns over sort of. Oh well. Try it out It might save you some money. You still might have to get a new battery eventually. But in the meantime this should keep it from happening again. And yes I had warning signs for a bit but I wasn't certain what to do. I mean it was a used car so... anyway good luck hope this helps.

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Old 05-31-2002, 08:41 PM   #11
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Thanx for all the help. I took my car in, and had it tested. How stupid did I feel when they told me it was a dead battery! The alternator and soleniod tested good. I think what happened, when I tested my battery, is as soon as I turned the car off I tested the voltage (I should have waited a few minutes). I replaced my stock battery with an Optima Red Top (my car will rust through before this battery goes bad). Since it was a dual post battery I had to make some modifications to the battery holder. It was nothing a hacksaw and a grinder couldn't fix though. Now my car fires up everytime.

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Old 06-03-2002, 10:51 AM   #12
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Don't feel stupid. Most bad batteries will show good voltage with no load. Waiting a couple of minutes or a couple of hours wouldn't have made any difference.

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