[200q20v] no start problem

Brett Dikeman brett at brettd.dsl.speakeasy.net
Wed Mar 7 18:44:11 EST 2001

On Wed, 7 Mar 2001, Forhan, Thomas wrote:

> This sounds like a simple dead battery. The clicking noise you hear is the
> solenoid trying to activate the starter, but there isn't enough power to do
> it. 

The acid test for this is whether the voltage dips when the
key is turned.  If not, there's a continuity problem in the high-current
parts of the starter circuit(battery->solenoid, solenoid->starter etc.)

If the voltage dropped, then it could either be a dead battery, or
corroded terminals.  Corroded terminals manifest themselves as a battery
that shows a normal charge but there's no juice for the starter(however
parking lights, radio, etc all work fine; the high-current draw causes a 
massive voltage drop for even a small resistance, but low-current
devices see almost normal voltage levels.)


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