Why will the starter only click.

Tiny
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I have a 2001 grand am with a 2.4. Wife stopped to get gas and tried to start car and it would not start. Had the starter checked and its fine when you try to start the car the starter clicks and thats it.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 4:46 PM

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Tiny
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Make sure the battery is ok. Other than that, the starter armature is bad

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 4:56 PM
Tiny
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When I have jumper cables on it does the same thing and I checked the voltage when
I try to start and it goes down to like4.78 volts. And the head lights stay on till the battery dies

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 5:00 PM
Tiny
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SEE "MY 1ST ANSWER" IN THIS POST

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1993-pontiac-grand-wont-start-clicking-relay-lights-gauges-flicker

LET US KNOW HOW IT'S A GOIN'

THE MEDIC

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 5:14 PM
Tiny
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Why does my lights stay on. Can the starter go out with no warning.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 5:41 PM
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No offense but from a 1993 to 2001 comparison especially when were talking about head lights staying on and the starter circuit. There has been a lot of changes in technology the way the circuits run parts involved etc.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 5:49 PM
Tiny
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So you are saying the starter is bad or the battery. This my only transportation so I am trying to fix it right the first time.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 6:36 PM
Tiny
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Do you have a test light?

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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I have a volt meter

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 7:53 PM
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A test light would be better but see if you have battery voltage to the purple wire at the starter.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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No volts at purple wire at starter. With key in the on position

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 8:30 PM
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Iam sorry with the key in the start position.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 8:35 PM
Tiny
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No volts with key in on position.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 8:37 PM
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Alright do you mean the start position the key is in?

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
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I left the keyOn like you are starting it.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
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(HE MEANS HAVE SOMEONE "HOLD THE SPRING LOADED" KEY ALL THE WAY CLOCKWISE [THE WHOLE TIME]. AS IF YOU WANT THE ENGINE TO TURN OVER[CRANK]. WHILE YOU CHECK FOR VOLTAGE ON THE WIRE)

SORRY IF I SEEM SORTA. WHATEVER

THE MEDIC

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 1:10 AM
Tiny
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Thats what I did and I get nothing

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 10:50 AM
Tiny
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No power to purple wire whats that mean

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 3:34 PM
Tiny
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Alright at the neutral safety switch on the transmission with the key in the start position you should have battery voltage on the yellow wire and purple wire. Let me know what you find.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 5:39 PM
Tiny
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Have power to yellow but not purple.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 5:42 PM
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Try starting the car shifted into neutral

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 6:20 PM

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