will starts but sometimes clicks on 1999 Buick Century

I have a 1999 buick century with a 116k miles my problem just started one day I went 2 the gas station and out of the blue my car wouldn't start and every time I turned the ignition key it just clicked now it does it more often the strange part is when it doesn't start I get a jump and it start right up and runs great there's no lights on at all so please help and tell me what's the problem

by in Chicago, IL on July 31, 2009
3 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on July 31, 2009
Time to replace the starter.
ANSWER by on July 31, 2009
It does sound as if the starter motor is failing. I would have the battery & connections checked as well. Weak voltage from the battery or a loose or dirty connection either at the battery or at the starter can possibly cause or at least be contributing to the problem. It's a good idea to check the battery cables also. You should pay particular attention to the ground cable. This cable connects the ground side of the battery to the engine block. These connections have to be solid and clean. I hope this helps! Thanks Ron (AutoPros-Buford GA)
COMMENT by on July 31, 2009
autotechpat-No worries mate!
ANSWER by on July 31, 2009
Check that the battery cables are clean and tight. Charge and test the battery to ensure it is OK (The battery is tested using a hydrometer and or a high Rate Discharge test), ensure the alternator is charging the battery properly. If the battery and connections are OK then the starter is most likely faulty.
COMMENT by on July 31, 2009
Sorry Autopros I see we answered this question at exactly the same time!
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