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I have my 2004 Saturn Ion at mechanic now. I ordered new

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Hi. I have my 2004 Saturn Ion at mechanic now. I ordered new starter, but it's doing the same thing. Would make several loud clicks, then nothing. Battery seems to be fully charged.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Mike V. replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Mike V. replied 7 months ago.

Can you tell if the several loud clicks are from the starter?
When they stop, do you still have power to the rest of the car?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.

Yes, the clicks are from the starter. And I seem to have full power to the rest of the car. I did see lights and messages flashing on the dash. The relays and fuses all seem to be good.

Expert:  Mike V. replied 7 months ago.


This condition usually is a bad connection or positive battery cable that goes from the battery to the starter. It can also be a bad battery causing it. The battery get's what we call surface voltage, it's enough voltage for the starter solenoid to be powered up which is the clicking, but not enough amperage to turn the starter motor. It does sound to me like you may simply have a bad battery here even though the things that use only 12 volts are working for you. But check that positive cable as well, if you see any part of it that is swollen that would mean there is corrosion in the cable itself and that will cause this very same problem.

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