Car not starting

Tiny
CHRIS4345
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 130,000 MILES
Although I think it's unrelated to the real problem this morning I went to try and start my car, my key slipped and I did not hold it long enough for the car to start, which normally is no biggie, you wait 5 minutes and try again, human error. Well I wait about 5 minutes, no luck, 15 more minutes, no luck, 20 more minutes, no luck, my radio and all my electricity in my car seems to work fine, I even tried charging the battery with a plug in battery charger, and then again with jumper cables. Nothing. None of my fuses relating the my ignition are blown, and as far as I can tell there is no fuses relating to my starter. When I turn my key my car just makes that continuous clicking like it normally does for a few seconds before it starts but just won't actually start. The clicking is completely normal in sound. My car worked just fine yesterday, and there wasn't any problems leading up to it. Yesterday it was perfect, now its not.
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 6:44 PM

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Tiny
RANDICO
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Sounds like the starter went out, before anything how the battery terminal connection, are they clean and tight? Well I know you jump started it and still nothing, you need a starter, by there is no fuse, if you really need to know if it is the starter you need to do a direct start on the starter, that means jump the starter solenoid, If the starter is to difficult to direct start, you can use the starter relay in the fuse relay box if the starter cranks over you will need a ignition switch
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
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If it doesn't say expert by the name it's not answer from 2 car pros. There are fuses underhood for the starter as well as ignition switch. Check battery condition including load test. Then check to see if the fusible link that I have pointed out in pic is burnt. You only need a test light or volt meter. Check both sides. This may be your problem. These are available at auto parts and this one runs off the starter itself. Then if car stildoesn't start have an assistant try tostart it and you smack the body of starter with ahammer. If car starts your starter is bad. Much safer than trying to jump with a screwdriver and melting god knows what in your electrical system.
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 6:35 AM

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