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Unread 10-15-2016, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default Par car just clicks when trying to start

I have a 89 par car I rebuilt the rear end put it back together and now when I try to start it it just clicks Like the solenoid is bad I put a new one on it and it still does it but it ran just fine before I took the rear end out could it be the f/r switch
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Unread 10-16-2016, 09:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: Par car just clicks when trying to start

Could be lots of things, so a little diagnosis is in order. Do you have a volt meter, or even just a test lite? You can check if the solenoid is sending power to the starter generator when you hear that "click". Also, since you had things apart is it possible a ground lead has been left undone or loose?
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Unread 10-16-2016, 09:59 AM   #3
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Default Re: Par car just clicks when trying to start

I agree, but you might get even more response if you post this in the Columbia Par Car sub forum above. Many of them don't look here.

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Unread 10-16-2016, 08:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: Par car just clicks when trying to start

That click is probably the solenoid so it's probably good. The other guys are right, it could be a lot of things.

Get a wiring diagram here:

http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/columbia-parcars/


Then follow this testing procedure. You need to have 12v through all parts of you electrical circuit. You are losing it somewhere.


With your multimeter find the DC setting or settings.

Hold the black wire to the - terminal on the battery and the red on the + terminal. You want to have 12v or a bit above.

If that’s good then keep the red on the battery and move the black to a bare part of the frame. You should get just about the same reading as in the battery. If not then the lead going from the battery - to the frame is faulty.

Next move the black to a bare part of the engine. You should still have about the same reading as on the battery. This would indicate that the grounds are likely good.

Now take that black wire and clip it or stick it in a crevice somewhere on the frame so you still get the 12 v reading if you hold the red to the + on the battery.

Next follow the + wire from the battery down to the solenoid. Put the red wire there you should still get 12v. If not you have a wiring issue from the battery to the solenoid.

Next follow the small wire that is under that terminal. It should go to a small rectangular device with 2 terminals. This is a circuit breaker. Both terminals should read 12v with the red wire of your meter. If not your circuit breaker is bad (these don’t go bad often so this is unlikely).

From there take the red wire and touch it to the small terminals on the key switch. Should be 12v there if not you have a wiring problem between the circuit breaker and the switch.

The key switch has to be switched on from this point forward.

From there take the red wire and touch the single wire on the gas pedal micro switch. You should have 12v if not your key switch is bad or you have a wiring issue.

At this point you need to activate the microswitch by pressing down on the accelerator. Spin the drive belt off before you do this in case your cart suddenly springs to life. With the accelerator pressed test the other side of the microswitch (the side with two wires attached to it). You should have 12v here if not your microswitch is bad.

Next, take that red wire and put it on the + side of the ignition coil and you should still have 12v. If not you have a wiring issue from the microswitch to the coil OR your electronic ignition module is bad.

From there, take the red wire and check the small terminal on the solenoid. This should also be 12V.

If that’s good then check the other fat terminal of the solenoid.

If that’s got 12V then you are up to the fat wires on the key switch or the starter itself.

If thats dead then its just about got to be the solenoid.
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Unread 12-05-2018, 05:20 AM   #5
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Default Re: Par car just clicks when trying to start

Most likely starter brushes, sometimes they stick in brush holder and doesn't make contact with commentator. You can tap on starter near brush area and will start. If so need new brushes or possible starter.


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Unread 12-10-2018, 07:04 PM   #6
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Did you leave a grounding bond wire off? There is usually an un-insulated heavy wire connection between the motor and chassis, which is the return connection for the starter motor current to return to the battery. Without it the starter won't run but the starter relay will click.

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