2002 Pontiac Grand Am car wont start

Tiny
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2002 Pontiac Grand Am

My grand am has recently begun to have spurts of not wanting to start. The first time it happened the mechanic said he was able to wiggle the battery cables and get her to start. After awhile it happened again and he had to take her in and replace the starter and neutral switch. Well $400 and a week later she wont start again. When you turn the key in the ignition there is a faint rapid clicking noise, with the hood open it sounds like it is coming from the alternator, although im no technician or mechanic. We have replaced the battery, to no avail. Maybe coroded connectors or something? Any suggestions are welcome, thanks for your time! Felicia
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Monday, September 7th, 2009 AT 8:15 PM

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Tiny
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Felicia:

Great name! My parents wanted me to be a Felicia, but I ended up being a Joe. (LOL)

Anyway, do you hear the clicking as soon as the key is in the run position or the start position? Have you checked to make sure the battery terminals are tight and clean? Also, make sure the ground from the battery is tight and clean where it connects to the engine block.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Monday, September 7th, 2009 AT 9:57 PM
Tiny
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I can hear the clicking noise when I actually turn the key all the way to start the car, So I guess the start position? And that is the next thing we were gonna check, the cables connectors and the battery is brand new so the terminals are clean. If all that checks out what else would you suggest?
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Monday, September 7th, 2009 AT 11:41 PM
Tiny
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If you hear a clicking noise when in the start position, usually that indicates a low or almost dead battery. If you replaced it, check it with a volt meter to make sure it hasn't been drained. It should have 12+ volts. If it is good, then have a helper turn the key to the start position while you check the voltage to the smaller wire on the starter. It should have 12+ volts too.

Let me know what you find.
Joe
PS: I am assuming the clicking is coming from the starter. If that is wrong, let me know.
Joe
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 AT 7:58 AM

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