How do I know if it is my starter went or going bad

Asked by Jessica Oct 03, 2020 at 07:25 PM about the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 2LZ FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How do I know its my starter that went bad in my motor when I try to crank it all
it does is clicks but lights on my dashboard, headlights and my radio comes on
and also my headlights comes on it just clicks when I try to crank it so is that
my starter went bad in it

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The symptoms you describe are usually a weak battery. Try jump starting the car or testing the battery. IT should read 12.5V. Anything lower than 12V, it's time to replace. If the car starts from a jump, drive over to an auto parts store for a new battery.

1. Ck.cables at battery. If it's loose, loosen connector( soft lead donut inside), reposition cable and retighten. Every year vibrates loose. Use 8mm wrench to mildly tighten. If top post ,many clamps (overspray) had paint inside, scrape out with knife and reconnect. Safety : Glasses, vinyl gloves and gallon of water for face if needed. Otherwise call friend with tools to remove battery hold down bolt (12'' extension,13mm socket and 3/8'' rachet) . Take to auto parts store for test. Hope this helps. Always have plyers handy.

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