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Old 01-19-2011, 05:13 PM
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Default Solenoid makes rapid ticking sounds only in the morning

Solenoid makes a rapid ticking sound, may take a couple of attempts to start. It will do that only in the morning, throughout the day its fine. Only on its first cold start I get the ticking. Bought a new battery, same thing, started up like a champ, next morning, tick tick tick then it turns over. Changed the solenoid, same thing, started right up, next morning tick tick tick. Now, whats left is the starter, but I thought ticking usually meant not enough juice was being sent to the starter.
I dont know, any clues?
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: Solenoid makes rapid ticking sounds only in the morning

Is it possible that you have something running down your battery at night... something like a light, amp, etc... Sounds like the battery gets a drain, then once you are up and going the alternator charges up enough to maintain through out the day. Just a thought.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:24 PM
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Solenoid makes a rapid ticking sound, may take a couple of attempts to start. It will do that only in the morning, throughout the day its fine. Only on its first cold start I get the ticking. Bought a new battery, same thing, started up like a champ, next morning, tick tick tick then it turns over. Changed the solenoid, same thing, started right up, next morning tick tick tick. Now, whats left is the starter, but I thought ticking usually meant not enough juice was being sent to the starter.
I dont know, any clues?
Just did one at my shop & it was indeed the starter. It doesn't make sense that the battery is low because you said that after a couple of attempts it will start. Well if it had a low or dead battery, how did it start?
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:08 AM
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Default Re: Solenoid makes rapid ticking sounds only in the morning

I Know, cant explain it. If its the starter, why don't I have the problem throughout the day intermittently. Why only after its been sitting over night?
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I Know, cant explain it. If its the starter, why don't I have the problem throughout the day intermittently. Why only after its been sitting over night?
You might have a starter draw test & a battery test done, & maybe have someone test the whole charging system & then you'll know more.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:47 PM
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yeah, thanks for the response, I appreciate it.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:51 AM
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Just to let you guys know, the starter caught on fire.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:32 AM
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Default Re: Solenoid makes rapid ticking sounds only in the morning

WOW! Hope nothing else was damaged. On a lighter note, it is probably safe to say 1KOOL1 had the call on this one.
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