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The Classic Cadillac Forum Discussion, Starting Problem in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Re: 79 Coupe Deville. When starting, all I get is a repetitive click, click, click sound, but engine doesn't turn ...
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    Starting Problem

    Re: 79 Coupe Deville. When starting, all I get is a repetitive click, click, click sound,
    but engine doesn't turn over. Battery shows full charge. If I keep turning the key,
    sometimes I'll get lucky and the starter will engage and it starts. I've heard different
    theories on the problem: need new starter. Not enough voltage getting to the starter.
    Need new alternator. Need new battery. I think the alternator and starter are original,
    so I wouldn't be surprised it if was either one or both. Any ideas? Thanks!

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    Re: Starting Problem

    First thing, any time you have any clicking, dimming, cutting out, or anything, make sure your battery terminals AND cable clamps are cleaned up with a brush and are tight.

    Next, my guess from your description is that your starter needs to be replaced. Starters will commonly get a bad spot on the commutator or whatever component it is the brushes ride on. It will not want to spin the motor on the first try or after several tries it may kick over. Sometimes when this happens you can coax it to spin by beating on the starter with whatever you have handy (IF you can get to it). Brushes also wear out eventually and can cause problems.

    Also can make sure you wiring connections and grounds are all clean and tight
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    Re: Starting Problem

    Agree. Sounds like a bad starter.

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    Just had the same problem with my 79 deVille. Starter replaced, problem resolved.

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    Re: Starting Problem

    In another thread just weeks ago someone had similar starting problems. After replacing multiple parts it turned out cleaning the poles and cable clamps solved the problem. That is why I appreciate Foxrodders tip to check the simple things first before you replace stuff.

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    Re: Starting Problem

    Thanks for all the replies. Guess I'll replace the starter. All the battery terminals etc. are clean and tight.

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