1998 Buick Century just clicking noise, new battery, new starter


Asked by Jul 23, 2015 at 11:31 AM about the 1998 Buick Century Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1998 Buick Century, was running fine.  I parked it to flush the cooling system, which
might be a coincidence, but now the car won't start.  I'm not a mechanic, but it's not
the first flush and fill I've done either.
I drained the cooling system.  Installed a Prestone tee in the heater core line and
started flushing the gunk out.  I went to start the car to turn the heater on and have the
clean water circulate and the car just made a clicking noise.  I checked the battery,
and it wasn't bad but

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it wasn't great so I bought a new one. Same click, no start. I pulled the starter and bought a new re-manufactured starter. Installed the starter, exact same issue. Just a click. Lights and radio have plenty of power. Tried two different keys. Tried starting in neutral instead of park.

Tom Demyan

Sounds like you have a short to ground, check the wiring coming out of the firewall along the engine to the alternator, I suspect the wiring to be frayed contacting the engine or frame of the car.

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Thanks Tom. At work right now but I'll check when I get home. I appreciate the help.

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