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Old 01 Feb 2016, 06:06 pm
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MY car will not start just a loud click....Headlights, radio etc work

-battery is from September
-alternator was replaced Nov 2014

This weekend
-brand new starter
-new battery terminals and cables
-brand new ignition switch

If I turn the key rapidly it sounds like its build up to start and I did get it to start once on Saturday. I drove it for 20 minutes, got home turned it off and it wouldn't start again.
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 06:29 pm
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Have you tried checking your starter relay? Try switching your horn relay to the starter relay if the starter relay is clicking.

Can you tell us where the clicking sound is coming from? Starter Relay, Starter Solenoid, etc.

If you have a voltmeter see if you are always getting twelve volts to the Solenoid from the ignition switch.

When you replaced your ignition switch did you replace the actuator? Sometimes the pin breaks between the cylinder switch and the actuator. Its possible that this is why you were able to get it started by turning the ignition switch several times.
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 07:05 pm
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Thanks for the help

The clicking is coming from the solenoid
The pin, I'm guessing is the white plastic thing that sticks out and goes into the ignition switch? If so it's still intact.
I'll check the relays right now
I don't have a voltmeter
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 07:13 pm
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Switched the relays and there was no change
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 07:51 pm
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I would check the battery. The battery can still go bad as you don't know how old the battery is when you buy it unless you know what to look for on the battery.

Can you borrow a volt meter and a battery charger from someone?

Take the caps off the battery and see if the fluid need to be refilled.

Do the headlights dim when you are trying to start the PT Cruiser?

Did you buy a rebuilt starter and if so where did you buy it?
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 08:00 pm
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I had the battery checked Saturday and the starter was brand new.
I'll check into a voltmeter

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Old 01 Feb 2016, 08:43 pm
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You can get a voltmeter pretty reasonable. The link below is for Harbor Freight if you have one nearby.

Digital Multimeter - Save on this 7 Function Digital Multimeter
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 08:51 pm
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MY car will not start just a loud click....Headlights, radio etc work

-battery is from September
-alternator was replaced Nov 2014

This weekend
-brand new starter
-new battery terminals and cables

-brand new ignition switch

If I turn the key rapidly it sounds like its build up to start and I did get it to start once on Saturday. I drove it for 20 minutes, got home turned it off and it wouldn't start again.

Clicking is an electrical/starting issue...recheck all connections in bold above.
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Old 01 Feb 2016, 11:56 pm
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Clicking is an electrical/starting issue...recheck all connections in bold above.
I will be doing that in the morning
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