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Old 01-02-2013, 11:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Is it a repeated clicking sound because it could mean a dead battery. I would think if it is a single click it is a frozen engine.

If you turn the key once to on does it sound like a machine gun or a single click. Also are you headlights bright.
made the machine gun sound ????? also radio works...the headlights ? and the oil light is on as well as an exclamation mark.. ! in yellow

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Maybe someone else can chime in because this has never happened to me, but I think it should click once to engage the starter and remain engauged until you let it go. Is there any one that thinks it may be alternator problem or knows how a starter acts on a frozen engine. Did you try jumping the car with another?

I asked about if the headlights were bright to see if the battery is charged.
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If there's not enough juice in the battery to turn the engine, the starter solenoid will release and re-engage repeatedly. And, actually, I do know how a starter acts on a frozen engine. Two months after making the last payment on my Corolla in 1977, a connecting rod cap failed and when it gave way the rod dug into the engine block, nice and tight. Not knowing any better at the time, I tried restarting. One click, and that was it. Silence has never sounded so depressing. What was worse, my fiancee and I were returning home from a wedding and we were 100 miles away. A cousin saw us stranded on I-84 and drove us back to Massachusetts. Thank heaven for family.
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If there's not enough juice in the battery to turn the engine, the starter solenoid will release and re-engage repeatedly. And, actually, I do know how a starter acts on a frozen engine. Two months after making the last payment on my Corolla in 1977, a connecting rod cap failed and when it gave way the rod dug into the engine block, nice and tight. Not knowing any better at the time, I tried restarting. One click, and that was it.[QUOTE][/QUOTE]

SInce you didn't get a oil light randomly when you were driving around due to low oil and you said the oil was lower than the dipstick maybe you just have a bad alternator "MAYBE BY CHANCE". I believe you didn't have a oil pump failure so I think from my own experience with low oil and oil lights. I had a 90 Sable with 2.5 quarts low and the light came on for a second or two starting from a stop light. It is a wild chance but try jumping your car from another.
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trust me,no no noise and I had just put 1 quart not to long ago the car has over 100k on it..not sure but thank you again
What kind of oil did you use Fightu35? And fellas would a coating of slick 50 and Seafoam have prevented this or was it inevitable?
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Thank you everyone,Im going to check it in the AM again,rapid loud clicking....ok here is exactly what happen..I was at a red felt like it was going to stall,I thought I heard something so I turned down the radio and a faint clicking sound I drove from the red light and a few mins later it died almost like I ran out of gas,all gauges came on..I waited a few mins tried to start it and and zero sound (so why clicking now) towed it home and oil was dry..a few notes about for a week the battery light was very faintly coming on but would not stay on...just come on,then off..so my questions are can a dead engine even click ?
why did it click at 1 time but totally dead another ? any tips or tricks I can try would be great and thank you all !
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You may have been lucky enough to save your engine by having a dead battery and bad alternator. Keep your fingers crossed. If the starter didn't click, your battery may have died. It's a slim chance but I got my fingers crossed for you.
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You may have been lucky enough to save your engine by having a dead battery and bad alternator. Keep your fingers crossed. If the starter didn't click, your battery may have died. It's a slim chance but I got my fingers crossed for you.
so is it a good thing still that I have the rapid clicking ? or does this not matter can the engine still be dead with clicking ?,Im trying save myself the trouble of being lied to or make repairs I do not need..
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Clicking almost always means the starter doesn't have enough voltage to turn over. It doesn't mean your motor isn't seized.


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Old 01-02-2013, 08:17 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Clicking almost always means the starter doesn't have enough voltage to turn over. It doesn't mean your motor isn't seized.


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wouldnt that be just my luck..lol what are the odds the engine starter and battery all go at once,,

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