I seek the wisdom of the list. This morning I went out to the car to head
off to work. When I turned the key, the starter turned just for a second then
stopped. On the second try, I just heard a click sound (sounded like it was
coming from under the centre of the dash). I thought my battery was dead, so I
took the other car to work thinking I could just boost it later.
Well, it is later now and boosting it had no effect. I'll point out that
last weekend I installed a new starter solenoid. Everything worked fine until
this morning. Swapping the old one back didn't change anything - same
symptoms. Sometimes when I turn the ignition ket to 'accessory' or 'on', I
get no power at all (I can tell cuz the radio shows no power and none of the
idiot lights come on). The reason I though my battery was dead this morning
because when I turned the headlight switch on, nothing happened, so it was
likely for the same reason.
So, what are the possible problems here? Bad solenoid? Solenoid not grounded
properly? Short circuit somewhere? Starter issue? What's the best order of
To make matters worse, it is cold in Toronto and I parked the car on the
driveway last night instead of the garage. And with a steep driveway, I can't
push it in to work on it in relative comfort. Grr.
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