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Old 10-09-2006, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a 2002 Taurus SES with 46k miles. This morning when I went to start it, I get a clicking sound about every second while key is in starting position. If I hold the key in starting long enough, the clicking goes from once per second to rapid clicking. I checked the battery terminals and cleaned them off, but got the same problem. The guy that I bought the car off of two months ago said the battery was new.
Assuming the clicking sound is the solenoid, does this indicate the solenoid and the battery are working?
Any ideas what I should try?
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I think you should try a jump start and get back to us.
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The clicking noise is the starter solenoid relay kicking in. This is a relay that has large contacts to allow the battery power to pass to the starter motor.

What is happening is the relay kicks in, then there is such a voltage drop in the system when the large contacts are made that the relay drops out and the cycle will continue.

For some reason the juice is not getting to the starter. Either the battery is bad or the cables are.
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I second the cables. Make sure they are not grounding on something or connections are not dirty.
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When my starter failed, all I got was a constant fast clicking. If you're postive everything else is good; I'd start looking at the starter.
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When my starter failed, all I got was a constant fast clicking. If you're postive everything else is good; I'd start looking at the starter.
So if I try to jump start the car and it starts, would this rule out the starter?
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Originally posted by timr+Oct 9 2006, 04:17 PM--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (timr @ Oct 9 2006, 04:17 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-UnDeR EsTiMaTeD@Oct 9 2006, 02:07 PM
When my starter failed, all I got was a constant fast clicking.Â* If you're postive everything else is good; I'd start looking at the starter.
So if I try to jump start the car and it starts, would this rule out the starter? [/b][/quote]
If you jump start the car, it would eliminate the starter. The you would have to have the battery tested to make sure it's actually good. If it's that new of a battery something may have been left on and drained the power from the battery. But also check your cables and connections as others stated, a loose or dirty connections can cause problems as well.
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I think you should try a jump start and get back to us.
Ok, I tried to jump the Taurus and it still makes the clicking sound . So, what next?

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You may have to rev the engine of the car you are getting the jump from a bit in order to get your Taurus started. That's what I had to do when my battery failed a couple months ago.
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You may have to rev the engine of the car you are getting the jump from a bit in order to get your Taurus started. That's what I had to do when my battery failed a couple months ago.


That happens at work quite a bit when I have to boost cars that have sat for a long time. Keep the engine reved up a bit while cranking your car. If that still doesn't work check the battery and starter for loose connections, if you haven't done so yet. If all that checks out, then try hitting the back of the starter with something hard, then try to start it. If it starts from hitting it, then it's your starter.
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