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it just clicks once for every time you turn the key to the start position.
This should be pretty easy to figure out but we need a voltmeter. Do you have one to do some testing with? What size engine? Thanks.
we do have a voltmeter. The engine is the 2.2l and its a 5 speed.
The volts are 11 at the starter when starting. But I also just tested the battery and its reading 11 volts. I'm sure with all the working on things over the last two days the battery isn't fully charged.
At the starter check the voltage on small wire and at large wire while trying to start and while they are connected to starter. Let me know what both wires on starter are showing while trying to start, thanks.
We tested that before I decided to get on here. On the small wire it was jumping from 8 to 10 volts. The large wire was reading 11 volts.
ok. Give me 10 min. need to get some wire.
do we need to be turning the key to the start position at the same time?
OK we jumped the wire. All it did was click like it was when we were turning the key. The engine is fine. My son came home and turned the engine off ran inside got something and came right back out to leave and that's when the issue started.
You can also use a voltmeter to check for good case ground on starter by putting black lead on case and red lead on large cable while trying to start, if voltage drops below 11v while trying to start there is a ground problem. If that is good this can only mean engine is not turning or new starter is bad. Let me know how it goes, thanks.
the voltage dropped to 3 volts. what ground would be causing the issue? we have cleaned all the surfaces that the starter comes into contact with the engine.
Ok, that is good news since we are getting things figured out. Clean the ground that goes from battery to frame. Check ground 102, 106, 108, and 107. If all are good you might just want to run a new ground from battery to starter. Let me know how it goes or if you have more questions, here are pictures of grounds. Thanks.
If this doesn't take care of the issue what next?
Also the ground 107 isn't there. no bolt or wire. the surface where the bolt and ground wire would go look like there has never been anything there.
ok. now the starter is clicking continuesley when we try to start it. we have tried jumping it with another car. still the same thing.
No. if we have to do that it will have to be tomorrow. its dark and the misquetos are killng us.
No problem, I think running the new wire is going to be required assuming testing is being done right. Let me know how it goes or if you run into more questions. Thanks again and have a good night.
Ok ill let you know.
well after not being able to work on the truck for a whole day because of rain we are back on it. Just wanted to check. We have to hook a new ground wire to the neg side of the battery and the other end of the wire needs to be hooked to the body of the starter to work. do I have that right?
I just wanted to let you know the ground wire worked and the truck runs great! Thank you for all your help!
Good to hear all is up and working again. Thanks for update and have a great day.