Thank you so much for your reply; you are exactly right about the car battery; when low on voltage and/or amps the relay would give a clicking sound due to power failure but in the meantime I found something else that caused it;
The main (big) gear inside the engine (driven by the starter motor gear when starting) was stuck!
I freed it by rotating it after I took the starter motor out. Don't ask, but I can tell you the engine is damaged, most likely a broken piston. I gathered some info and the previous owner stripped one of the spark plug shafts and the debris ended up inside the combustion compartment.
(I bought the car for $250 so I didn't expect too much from it.)
It runs now but with lots of mechanical noise.
From what I know is I need to swap the engine.
Other than the engine, the car is in excellent condition.
I think I will get myself a Dodge intrepid 3.2 engine(they are the same from what I've heard?) And I will see if I can swap them out. Kind of risky but I want this car to run and I am determined.
So, if you know an engine or where to get one. I probably will buy and go for it!
Thanks for your input Joe! I appreciate it very much!
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 9:23 PM