Dodge Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Why did you replace the starter in the first place? Same problem, just clicks?
Do you have a voltmeter? If so, place it on the battery and get a reading on dc volts. It should be 12 volts. Now turn the key to start and press in the clutch and read the voltmeter now. It has to remain above 9.6 volts. Does it?
You said you have a good power source. How did you confirm this?
Is the engine seized?
Ok, you said you checked the voltage. Where did you check the voltage at and what was the voltage? Just because you can pop the clutch doesn't mean anything about the starting system, all you would need is ignition.
You are correct, I apologize. Yes the motor isn't seized, that's good. You obviously have enough battery. The starter is new and voltage is obviously reaching the starter solenoid, hence the clicking, so that leads me to believe that the problem has to do with either battery cable. I am sure the positive battery cable is tight on the starter since you just installed the starter and the battery connections must also be tight. That leaves a loose negative battery connection on the block or frame or a bad cable itself. Let me ask you this, does either cable get hot to the touch after trying to crank the engine over with the starter for say like 10 seconds or so? If so, you may want to suspect that cable of being bad.
Normally t's rust that ruins a battery cable. Most of the time you can see it, if you take a razor and cut the insulation at the end of each battery cable end at the battery. Cut the insulation about 2-3 inches longwise, and then peel open the insulation and look for any green discoloration on the copper wire strands. If so, replace that entire cable cause chances are it ran the entire length of that cable ruining it.
Was it the cable?