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2006 Ridgeline, ~300k miles, borrowed by son, calls to tell me it won't start. I pull battery and it's dead. Tests good, recharge, and replace terminals because they were old anyway, so I figured a bad connection didn't let it charge. Alternator replaced 2 years ago.

Still won't start, all I get is a clicking on turning the key, while in park. Won't even do that in neutral.

Replaced starter last year.

Thoughts? Could the starter be stuck? I whacked it a few times, but not sure how hard to do so. Would a bad fuse/relay allow it to click but not crank?

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Could be hearing the starter relay click.... when you wacked the starter, did you hold the key in the start position?

If battery was dead it could be a dead cell if alternator is good. It could test 12 v but wont have the oomph to back it up. Try a known good battery from another car temporarily or you might be able to jump it.

If it was a aftermarket starter it could be junk already. They are a hit and miss in quality.
Starter relay? Hm, possibility.
Didn't have someone there to turn key while I whacked it; is that critical?
Had battery "tested" at AutoZone. Does that make a difference? Also, forgot to mention, did try jumping it, and no go.
Starter was definitely aftermarket, so a possibility there.
Thanks.

ETA: Just looked it up: Duralast reman starter, purchased 8/19 last year for $190. I hope it's a year warranty.
 

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Yea gotta turn the key and wack it at the same time. It not jumping could point to a starter being the culprit.

If all lights turn on and don't dim way down when key is turned then battery should be fine.
Alrighty, then. Take second body to turn key while I whack it. Failing that, pull starter. Yay. At least it's a relatively easy job, and I don't have to lay on the ground.

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Update: Swapped out starter (lifetime warranty, woohoo!) aaaand... same thing, clicking. I put a breaker bar on the crank and rotated it some, thinking maybe a problem with flywheel. Nothing. Moved good battery from other vehicle. Still clicky. Ran jumper from good battery directly to starter. Still just clicks at me. I'm at a loss. Is the new starter also bad, or is there something else I'm missing? Unfortunately, I didn't put multimeter on new starter before installing...
 

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I can only think of battery cables/ground as possible trouble spots left to check.
I didn't think to check the actual connection to ground. I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
 
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