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Question Starter solenoid clicks, engine does not turn

On the way 2 work, I stopped 2 get a drink. When I started my car it turned over n thought it was gonna start so I let off the key. Then tried starting it again, almost sounded like the battery was dying, but a bit different. My car has been cranking a bit hard for about a month or 2 now. Now I hear the starter solenoid "click" but the engine does not turn. I replaced the solenoid anyway just 2 be sure, still the same thing. I dont think its the starter, but I could be wrong. I going 2 guess n say I have some sort of ground problem, n if so, where do I start? I am gonna test the starter tomorrow but putting 12v right 2 it n see if it turns, and other ideas? Thanks
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Well I would say bad battery or alt but if you have had them checked then I would say just a bad pos/neg wire conn. to/from battery. A heavy load on a loose conn can make for a hard start.
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Ya I have considered that, I know the battery n alt are fine, but the wires are not in best condition. But IF it was wires, It should do something when trying 2 crank it over, not go from something 2 nothing
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i would also check all of the grounds.....
 
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i added a chassis ground from the strut tower to the motor a month ago, it didnt help the slow start
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I would put a voltmeter on the battery and have someone try and turn the motor over and see what it reads so you can rule it out for sure, it's sound like it's that or a bad wire connection somewhere. It's not gonna be the alt if its runs fine after it does crank over, it would die after the battery ran out of juice which would be quick.
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Sorry, If these questions seem stupid, but does it only have problems turning over when the engine is hot? or all the time?

Did you check the battery voltage? Under Load?
When you have the starter problem, turn on your headlights, are they dim? or normal?

Any of the autoparts stores will check your battery and starter for you for free.
This will save you from buying un-needed parts.
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My truck does this about twice a week. I have bad conn at where the cables meet battery conn. I havent replaced the conn and cables because I dont feel like it but I know how to fix it. Anyways, this is most likely your problem. YES it does go from everything to nothing when you try to crank the starter.
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Sorry, If these questions seem stupid, but does it only have problems turning over when the engine is hot? or all the time?

Did you check the battery voltage? Under Load?
When you have the starter problem, turn on your headlights, are they dim? or normal?

Any of the autoparts stores will check your battery and starter for you for free.
This will save you from buying un-needed parts.
Yes it is always hard 2 turn over.
runs great when started.
no headlight dimming.
Battery n Alt are fine, i am 99% sure of that.
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My truck does this about twice a week. I have bad conn at where the cables meet battery conn. I havent replaced the conn and cables because I dont feel like it but I know how to fix it. Anyways, this is most likely your problem. YES it does go from everything to nothing when you try to crank the starter.

What connection are u talking about? Are you talking about the battery connections where they connect 2 the battery?
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