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Old 08-05-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Help car won't start.

As the title states the car wont start. Well I tried starting the car and all got was a click sound and heard the fuel pump humming in the back. I checked the battery connections and even tried giving it a boost no luck. the battery is only a couple of months old so i know it's not the battery. I'm starting to think is the starter but I don't know the were the starter is. Please help.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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Its the alternator. If your not getting 13.5-14.2volts when thr car is running, then you know why. Luckily i have a manual so ill push the car, pop the clutch n then im outtie.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:27 AM   #3
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These are the times I wish I had a manual. Is there a good DIY in how to replace it the starter that you know off?
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
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Starter is a pain in the ass to do. Pull out your battery and have it fully charger. See if it starts after that.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:39 PM   #5
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Yes, try a charger or just boost it for longer...with donor car revving at 1500-2000 rpms for maybe 5 mins. Boost under the hood too...and check the cable under + terminal and make sure both your battery cables are tight. Pull up on them...sometimes you tighten them, but the terminals are too small for our cables...so they're really loose. They do make spacers if you need.

Don't give up on battery just yet, even though it's new. Might just have been many short trips and no long ones to restore your battery's power. Pretty common.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:39 PM   #6
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sounds like a starter. ANy check engine light? put a scanner on ...

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2nd on the starter. if you getting ~12v on the battery while cranking then your battery is fine.
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2nd on the starter. if you getting ~12v on the battery while cranking then your battery is fine.
Unless there's a bad ground or the cable to starter is loose/corroded--it's the one under the + terminal under the hood. Undo it and check.

You can also do what many do...have someone tap the starter while you try cranking. If that does it, then it's definitely the starter.
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