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Old 12-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy 98 bonneville clicks once but doesnt start!

hello im Casey, i have a 98 bonneville that has had problems off and on for a few years now. I seem to be revisiting a previous issue i had which was resolved by replacing the ignition wires ( i was told by a mechanic that the 98 bonneville has a design flaw. with every turn of the key the wires get twisted and eventually wear out). The best way to describe my problem is that when i turn the key, it clicks once and i get nothing. the problem has been going on for months, after about 5 or 6 attempts to start the car it would eventually start but recently it doesnt matter how many times i try all i get is a single click. i have tried jumpstarting the car thinking the battery might be bad to no avail.electronics in the car seem to function normally. if i pump the gas then immediately turn the key, i get a series of quiet clicks that lasts about 2 or 3 seconds. this car is driving me nuts! any help from anybody would be GREATLY appreciated!
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This is a common problem. What you said I have never heard of before. The problem is the battery. Remove the cables and clean them real good. Should fix it right up.
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If cleaning the terminals and wires going to your battery doesn't work, you may also want to get your battery tested. A dead cell in a battery can do exactly what you are describing.
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