I turn the key it clicks one time but nothing?

Tiny
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  • 2007 CHEVROLET COBALT
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 71,000 MILES
Thought it was battery, put a new one in yesterday. Still wont start, when I go to start it the mill comes on. I turn the key it clicks one time but nothing. I can jump start it all day and doesn't try and die.
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Sunday, August 16th, 2015 AT 1:14 PM

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Tiny
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This sounds like you have a starter solenoid that is failing. Basically the solenoid finds a spot in the windings where it is not able to complete the circuit and it clicks one time but does not turn the starter gear.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

You can take a small hammer and tap on the starter solenoid and this will actually cause it to move slightly and it is normally enough to get it to turn over. However, as soon as it finds another worn spot then it will do this again.

I would just replace the starter.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

Please see the process below and let us know if you have other questions.

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Thursday, August 5th, 2021 AT 4:22 PM

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