Starter will not turn over

Tiny
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  • 2005 CHRYSLER PACIFICA
  • 188,888 MILES
Replaced starter twice.
Still won't start.
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Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 AT 7:34 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

When you try starting it, does anything happen? For example, do you hear a click from the starter or anything?

Take a look through this link and let me know if it helps:

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

If it doesn't, let me know exactly what happens. For example, you hear a click or clicking.

Take care,

Joe

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 AT 12:01 AM
Tiny
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It just clicks and the dash lights come on. Also, there is a little humming sound kind of like the powers being turned on I'm sure.
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

If you hear the starter, click, either we have a faulty battery, a weak battery connection, or the engine is locked.

Do me a favor. Try this very simple load test on the battery. You don't need any tools. Additionally, make sure the battery terminals are both clean and tight.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Also, let me know approximately where you hear the humming sound coming from and if there were any issues with the engine prior to this issue. For example, were there any knocking/ticking sounds from the engine or was there a noticeable power loss?

One last thing. See if it makes a difference if you try starting it in neutral.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2022 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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He's taken starter out and hooked just to battery and it works.
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

If the starter is good, something is preventing the engine from turning. If you place a socket and breaker bar on the crankshaft pulley, can you turn the engine by hand?

I'm starting to question if the engine is locked.

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 AT 9:36 PM
Tiny
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The engine turns.
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Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 AT 11:04 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

That's good news. Okay, if the starter is good, the engine isn't locked, and it only clicks, then we need to recheck connectors at the starter and battery. Additionally, the ground between the battery and engine needs to be checked.

I suspect when you place the load on the circuit, we are losing contact. Also, if you haven't already, remove the battery and have it load tested at a parts store. In most cases, they will do it free of charge.

Let me know.

Joe
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Thursday, July 7th, 2022 AT 1:04 PM

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