Car will not start

Tiny
TLC 75
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  • 2001 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE
  • 1.8L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
I have turn the key several times and it just make a clicking sound, but it will eventually start up after a couple of of tries. What make it do that?
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 AT 3:12 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Welcome to 2CarPros.

If it eventually starts, first check the battery terminals to confirm they are clean and tight.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/everything-goes-dead-when-engine-is-cranked

If they are, chances are the starter is bad. Here is a link that explains how to check a starter. If you follow the link, you will be testing two terminals on the starter. If both are getting power in the way indicated and the starter just clicks, replace the starter. Note: This will not be a valid test if the starter engages. It needs to be done when it just clicks.

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

If the starter fails the test, here is a link that explains in general how one is replaced:

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

I attached a picture specific to your vehicle for starter replacement. Make sure the battery is disconnected before starting to work on the starter. Then, remove the air filter box to access it.

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 AT 7:36 PM

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