my 93 318is was starting to not start on the first try sometimes (no crank) so i figured it was the starter sincee its got 120,000 miles on it... put in a reman. starter from carquest and it started up fine for about a week. then i go out to start it today and nothin again. im pretty sure i can hear the starter gears engage (click) but it doesnt turn over! is it possible this new starter alread took a dive?!?!?
not the battery. tried jumping it today and no luck. can still hear the starter click, so that rules out everything else right? is it possible that power is getting to the solenoid to engage the gears but something is preventing the starter from energizing (security system, etc)? or does that just mean the starter is F'ed. i really dont want to pull that thing out again, what a freakin pain :
It could still be the battery or the battery connections. The click you hear is the solonoid and normally when you hear that and the engine doesn't turn over, it's the battery. Jumper cables often get the car started, but if the battery has an internal short or dirty posts, the starter may still not be getting enough current to turn over the engine. Before you go to a lot of trouble and expense replace the battery with a known good one, or take it out to be load tested.
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