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#1 Posted on 29.12.04 2208.22
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My wifes mini van is having an interesting problem that is driving me nuts.

When attempting to start alot of the time it will just click, click, click, click and then wham start. Now the clicking sounds like it could be coming from the battery area, however I'm no mechanic and am not for sure. I've had people tell me they think its the battery/battery cables, starter so on and so forth, does anyone have an idea?

Sometimes it will only click a few times then start, other times it does it for an hour or so then starts.

Thanks in advance my friends.
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#2 Posted on 29.12.04 2230.51
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Have you...

Tightened the battery cables?

Take the car to Kragen/Autozone and have them test your charging system for free?

Charged the battery?

Had the starter tested?

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#3 Posted on 29.12.04 2331.51
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That clicking is ALWAYS related to the battery/power system.
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#4 Posted on 30.12.04 0025.54
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I haven't taken it in yet, I need to, but the nearest Autozone is 100 miles away, hehe yes I live in the boonies, but thats not a bad idea at all.
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#5 Posted on 30.12.04 0050.10
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If the battery is relatively new, holds a charge, and the connections are good, be sure to check to see if there's something that could be partly draining the battery when it's parked. Internal lights, radio, and things of that sort are always good candidates.
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#6 Posted on 30.12.04 0107.33
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We had a Caravan that did this...it ended up being "dead spots" on the starter. Basically, as it was told to us, the starter had spots that wouldn't generate the proper charge, once the starter had moved past those points and hit a "live" area? WHAM...the van started.

If this ends up being the problem, and yours is a later model van, you might consider a refurbished starter as the mechanic told me that they don't fail often. The odds of having a 2nd one go are slim.

Good Luck!
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#7 Posted on 30.12.04 0159.07
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Automatic or Manual transmission?

I ask, because in my last car one of the solenoids went bad in the automatic transmission / starting lock thingy. It made a clicking noise and wouldn't start always... then it would warm up at some point and work.

I'm not exactly sure how my mechanic friend fixed it. I think he cut it out. That's probably not the best answer, though.
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#8 Posted on 30.12.04 0736.41
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Like cransln, we had this occur and it was the starter. Our mechanic told us we could keep rolling the dice every morning and it wouldn't get any worse, but it wouldn't get better either. We replaced the starter and all was fine. Starters are not really cheap, but it's worth it to not play the starter lottery every morning.
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#9 Posted on 30.12.04 0836.26
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What Guru said! And, you can replace them very easily! I had a POS Mercury Topaz that went through one every six or seven months. Easy to replace and WHAM, starts right up every time.
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#10 Posted on 30.12.04 0929.12
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Its an automatic.
God I hope its not the starter that thing is like crammed in such a tight place. I've heard some peopole say they've practically had to take the motor out to change the damn thing.
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#11 Posted on 30.12.04 1226.15
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I had the same problem...Got the battery changed cause I thought it would be the quick fix. Nope. Finally brought it in to the mechanic and had to get a new starter. It wasn't cheap, but like pieman said, its nice knowing that your car is gonna start when you get in it.
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#12 Posted on 30.12.04 1230.05
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http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/ab_talk2diy/article/0,2021,DIY_13696_3100340,00.html

Sounds like the issue to me.


One more link to check...

http://popularmechanics.com/automotive/sub_care_sat/1999/6/clicking_starter/



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#13 Posted on 30.12.04 1535.45
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I had a mechanic friend check it out today and he said it sounded like a bad spot on the starter, so I'm gonna have to get it replaced.
Thanks for all the advice everyone I appriciate it.
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