Q: Starter makes a 'clunk' noise

asked by on June 24, 2016

Instead of ticking, the starter kind of makes a ‘clunk’ sound. The engine won’t turn over - not even try to a single time. A local dealer installed a new starter, but that didn’t help; I’m still having the same problem. The car has a fully-charged battery and there is plenty of oil, so I don’t think that the engine would be seized. Even hooking up a 200 amp starter/charger didn’t help. Is there a way that I can turn it over “without” having to remove the left front tire again?

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Hi there! It’s likely that there is a ground connection compromised, loose, corroded, or power shortage. If the starter, battery, and the alternator are testing out to be fine then I suggest looking towards the connections and wiring. Start with the wires and connections closest to the starter first and work your way up to the battery

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