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Old 07-23-2010, 12:34 PM
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Starter shorting out? Click, but no turn.

I did do some research and haven't found an answer.

We took out the aftermarket alarm system. It was only a series of 5 wires T'd in, just unplug them. Wrapped the T's in tape, and wired the ignition wire back together (only wire cut).

After getting a brand new starter in it, when you turn the key, there's a loud click and nothing. It drains the car of power for about 10 sec, the ring light around the ignition dimly blinks before returning to a solid strong light.

As for the fuel pump, I hear no hissing when the key is in II.

Help of great car guru's? -.- This car's becoming a nightmare.

It hasn't been jumped because by the looks of it there is plently of power, we keep hooking it up to a charger. The lights are bright, dash lights up, it'll just die for a little bit when trying to turn it over.
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Re: Starter shorting out? Click, but no turn.

Jumper cables are a no go, just tired.

Its more a of sparking click though, like a few real fast.
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Re: Starter shorting out? Click, but no turn.

I would say it sounds like a battery problem but if you have power then try hitting the starter with a hamer a few times while someone is trying to start it.
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Re: Starter shorting out? Click, but no turn.

Does sound like the starter is jammed. The teeth might well be jammed and just needs a little 'persuading' lol, Hammer/Length of 2x4 against the housing might do the trick, either that or try rocking it back and forth while in gear (I'm assuming it's a manual)
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Re: Starter shorting out? Click, but no turn.

When the ignition wire was connected back together, it was in a weird spot, hard to reach. The connection is a fine connection, so our current plan is to take off the panels to really get to it and make it more secure. Could be low voltage.

Its not the starter, its brand new. And when you try to turn the key over it'll kill the power to the car completely for 30sec until the relay resets. Its confirmed to be a dead short.

We're hoping its the thin connection between the cut. If its not, a hot wire from the battery, to an aftermarket starter switch, straight to the starter solenoid connector should bypass whatever the short is. The car will start if you jump it from the starter directly.
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Re: Starter shorting out? Click, but no turn.

Update for anyone reading this, or will read it.

It was infact a bad ground from the battery to the car, located under the starter. We had tried to ground the starter to the engine and it still didnt work so we ruled this out a long time ago.

When you rule out every other possibility, triple check your grounds. The car started once when we turned the engine, but only once. So it wasn't a short. The starter was good, we checked it manually. And it wasn't the fly wheel, you can see enough of the teeth with the starter out.

The last tip off was when we tried to directly jump the starter from the battery, it still didnt work, aka battery ground was the ONLY thing left.

Dirty pos terminal too.

Hope this helps any searchers in the future.
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