Did you buy the battery from new or was it a spare? Clicking sound when trying to turn key in ignition is usually low battery. The radio and lights may still work for a few minutes if there is enough charge left but the engine wont turn over. Turn off all lights, alarm and radio - wait 20minutes and try to turn engine over. Or failing that do what I've said below:
Get someone to jump start your car with jumper leads. Once its running, drive your car around for half hour to one hour to re-charge battery. If fault isn't with battery then it could be alternator or spark plugs. Dodgy spark plugs can cause the car not to start.Answer
You probably have a loose connection or corrosion. Clean battery terminals and ends of wires.Answer
try the starter solenoidAnswer
Make sure your battery posts are clean and the cable connectors are clean & tight. If this is not problem don't have another answer.
Could be: Seized engine Weak battery loose or corroded battery cables Bad starter solenoid Bad starter Bad neutral or clutch safety switch
there is no relay for the starter. there is a solenoid (switch) and ignition switch. the solenoid is part of the starter (small cylindrical shape above starter housing. the solenoid has the battery and ignition connections). and the ignition switch is where the car-key goes. you need at least 8v from the ignition to the solenoid for the starter to operate. use a multimeter. otherwise check your starter - battery connections. otherwise replace the starter. otherwise, take off the starter and inspect inside the starter housing. if the starter is clicking but not turning the engine the starter teeth aren't engaging with the teeth on the flywheel. get a manual to the car here: http://www.germanautoparts.com/Books/Volkswagen
Check battery, charge it or change it. Dead battery.
The clicking noise you can hear is the starter solenoid clicking into place. If the starter motor does not turn the engine immediately, it is probably the best place to look. it sounds like the starter motor is faulty.
When the battery does not have enough voltage to turn the starter over it will sometimes make a clicking noise.
A clicking sound when you turn the key could mean your battery is dead. It could also indicate the starter is going out.
Can be a dead battery, defective starter, loose or corroded battery connection, or blown main fuse. If nothing comes on when you turn on the ignition switch and your interior lights are not working it is not the starter.
It is a clicking sound
battery is dead
Does the engine turn over and then make the clicking noise while trying to start, or does it not do anything but make the clicking noise when you turn the key. If its not turning over at all then it might be a battery problem, Try cleaning the battery terminals, and/or charge the battery, Could also be the starter solenoid, but start with the battery first.
If you can hear your starter motor turning but not the engine you have some teeth missing on the ring gear. If you can hear nothing, not even the starter motor solenoid clicking into place, you have a connection problem between ignition switch and starter motor.
The starter solenoid and/or drive pinion is engaging, but the starter motor itself is not turning. Battery is out of charge/faulty or engine has seized.
If the starter motor is not turning, it could be a dirty or poor battery terminal contact causing the problem. Also check the starter relay and solenoid and all connections to them. It could also be the starter motor itself. If the starter motor is turning, look at both the fuel system and the ignition system. A failure in either of them will result in the car not starting.
check the battery conections they might be loose or even the starter conections if that doesn't work charge your battery first before trying again
make sure battery cables are tight
If it is a continues clicking sound you here it is probably the starter solenoid. This does not mean the solenoid is defective, it means either the battery is low on charge or you have a bad connection from the battery to the starter. Turn the headlights "on" and try to start the engine. If the lights are bright when you are doing this, you probably have a bad connection. If the lights are dim when you turn them "on", check the connections to the battery, if the connections are good, the battery is low on charge. Next, check your battery and charging system.
Do lights come on when turning ignition on? If so, then you have a bad starter/solenoid/relay. If not then, you may have a bad battery or connection or ground.
The starter could be bad. Or the battery. The starter could be bad. Or the battery.
Dead battery or dirty/loose battery connection.
When your car isn't starting the car you can't hear it while turning on the ignition. You're gonna have to check the battery and alternator as well before replacing a starter.
I'm guessing it clicks but won't start? If that's the case its the starter drive going out to engage the flywheel but the starter motor is not turning. Probably needs a starter but you should check to make sure there is correct voltage in system (battery & alternator is o/k) and that the wiring is also o/k to the starter & at the battery.
ignition tumblers are worn out. replace ignition switch. Having disconnected the positive battery cable to shut the starter off,I replaced the starter relay fuse. Reconnected the battery, but it would not turn over now although I could hear the starter click. I decided to replace the starter. As soon as I dropped it down off the block and turned it to remove the electrical lines there was a old rusty bolt lodged between the two terminals. A new starter and that,s that.
The starter is on the passinger side rear,under the Thing and is attached to the transaxle.The starter solenoid might not be moving then you try to start the Thing. The solenoid moves forward and engages(turns) the flywheel thus turning over the engine. Remove the starter and have it checked.
Most probably its the starter coil. That's evident if on turning the ignition key, there is a clicking sound. It may be also bad alternator with a worn out battery No fuel getting to engine or spark plugs not firing for some reason. Sorry, you have to find out which.
Some possibilities, could still be the battery, battery connections, starter, starter connections, ignition switch, starter relay and neutral safety switch.