You guys should really search -- there are tons of threads about starter issues related to contacts and otherwise. Check the FAQ section in particular.
Glad it fixed it for ya man. I too heard those clicks. I figured someone would need the info sooner or later :bigthumb:xskaboomx said:I hate to resurrect an old thread, but I had this EXACT problem with my car this weekend. I've been needing to recharge my car after only 5 days of no use. This time I put the charger cables on the terminals without the key on and the alarm kicked in.
I heard a series of clicks in the cockpit (which was a little odd). After recharging the battery for a couple of hours, I had all of the juice back to the battery. All accessories were working (HID's came on as well), except for the automatic door locks. The engine STILL wouldn't start. I recharged that bad boy more, and even eventually replaced the battery. Still no start.
Finally, I thought it was the starter, so I reached under the car and smacked it with a hammer to jump start it. Once that didn't do it I jumped online and did a search here on the forums. I came upon this thread and did the same process you (Brian) described, and SUCCESS! The beast started right up on the first try. I had a feeling the factory alarm had been disrupted. I'm glad someone else besides myself has had the same problems. I sure feel real dumb after the simple fix to my mistake. Thanks!
Hua said:I've replaced 4 starters on a few of my cars in the past year, all of them would just do the dreaded "click" sound each time the key was turned. If it clicks one time whenever the key is in the start position, starter is dead. I got by for about 1.5 years on my Pathfinder, praying that it would eventually turn over each time I clicked it. Eventually it wouldn't even click anymore, had to get my truck towed home.
I am glad I found this thread, do you by any chance have the link to your write up on cleaning the contacts?slither said:Ryan, its really simple to clean your contacts. But first you should make sure that the starter is the problem. Even if your contacts are bad, they are only 18 bucks(but you need 2 of them).
I am doing a writeup on how to change/clean contacts as we speak.
Your local parts store(pepboys, advance auto, autozone, etc...) should be able to check your alt and starter for you for free, if after testing everything else you come to the conclusion it is the starter.
Man, i never did get around to doing the write upnsx4ever said:I am glad I found this thread, do you by any chance have the link to your write up on cleaning the contacts?
I usually only get 1 clicking sound when I turn the key and the car does not start, it will eventually start after 2~10 trys depending on my luck. :sadwavey: