Car wont start

Tiny
DRAMSEY85
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  • 2009 HYUNDAI SONATA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
My car wont start but when I turn the key it just sounds like my fan is running
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 3:23 PM

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Tiny
MMPRINCE4000
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The fan sounds like a stuck relay.

Do you get a click or anything when you turn to start?

Is car still under warranty?
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 3:48 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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The description of the symptoms is not very clear and if I guessed correctly, the battery is bad.

Try jump starting to see if it works.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
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To mmprince, its not under warranty anymore because of the mileage and no click or anything. I am starting to thinks its the starter because when I turn the key I hear a noise that sounds like the fan but I think its the starter trying to work

to khlow, I tryed to jump start it and it wouldnt work
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 5:44 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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When jump starting, the jumper cables have to be of sufficient capacity, failing which the starter would not be able to crank.

If the noise is continuos ticking and the dash indicator lights dims, it could be the battery or starter.

If you have a volt meter, attach it across the battery terminals and check the voltage. It should be at least 12.4 V and when trying to crank, it should not drop below 11 volts.

If both above test good, give the starter some knock with a mallet and retest.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 6:36 PM
Tiny
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I tried the mallet test and there is ticking at all, no clicking and it was wondering if it could be the cca on the battery but then that wouldnt stop the starter from at least clicking would it. And none of the lights dim at all when tryin to start the car. I will try the mallet test again.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 6:47 PM
Tiny
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None of the lights dimming indicates a possible fault with the starter motor. Disconnect the starter solenoid wire and with a remote wire, apply direct current from the battery to test if it cranks or ticks.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
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I just went outside again and noticed when I tried the mallet test again after I disonnected the starter fuse and I heard a small tick and the lights did dim this time. So does this mean I need a new battery even tho I tried to jump start it and it didnt work
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 7:40 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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If jump start donor source is another vehicle, connect the cables and start donor vehicle and wait 5 minutes before attempting to crank the engine.

This would allow the battery to be charged and help to boost the cranking power.

Lights dimming could also mean a bad starter apart from the battery. A voltmeter would be the best equuipment to test the battery voltage.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 7:53 PM
Tiny
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Ok thank you.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010 AT 8:08 PM

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