attempting to start it clicks like a dead battery then nothing, turning the key all the way off then it starts?

Asked by Mar 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM about the 2007 Saturn Outlook XR

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

tried different key and new battery

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it actually sounds like one of two possible causes,,,!) you have a bad connection possible ground or actually at the battery terminal , take off the connection and take a wire brush and clean the battery post and most of all clean the cable were it meets contact with the battery and were the battery cable end is connected to the cable if it is a after market end that was installed on your cable, 2 ) if that is good then it is the starter motor itself probably has a bad spot on the armature ,,, in other words if it look like a stop sign and had eight sides and one was bad so 7 good and 1 bad and the starter actually stops on the part then no good contact with it is the problem so i would try this,,,,when going to start car,,, have someone else do it while you are with a hammer and tap the starter motor at the time the other is turning the key but tell other person to turn it but dont let go unless statrter is cranking ,,, so if the starter does click and you hit the starter with the hammer and the starter starts turning then yes starter is bad,,,,

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