88 Sammy won't start, clicking noise, all lights on?
I hope someone can help me.
I have an '88 Samurai TinTop. Everything is nearly original, and I mean original. In nearly 25 years, I've only replaced: tires, wiper blades, battery, oil, coolant. Two months ago the very first part ever broke: my drag rod. Got that replaced, and it's been fine. The drag rod is the only part that has ever failed on me.
But yesterday I went to start my Samurai, and for the first time in nearly a quarter century, it wouldn't start! All I get is a "clicking" noise when I turn the key. The battery seems fine, as I have full headlights, dome lights, dash lights, tail lights, radio, etc.
It does tend to build up at lot of fuzzy gucky stuff on the battery posts. I don't recall ever replacing the battery cables. So they are the ones that came with the Samurai originally.
After reading thru the threads, I don't know if I have the "clicky starter" problem you gurus describe, or not, because I still have power to all lights and stuff.
If my battery cables are bad because they are so old, would they prevent my Samuari from starting, yet still allow all the lights and things to come on?
I have been told it could be the starter, or even the alternator (?)
I am utterly, completely non-mechanical, and I am hoping to use your wisdom to get my little tintop on the road again.
I have used info from this brilliant forum before, and I have to say, you guys are geniuses! When my drag rod broke, my mechanic--who like all of the mechanics around here--had never even SEEN a Samurai, swore it was the sway bar. His parts man from Advantage Auto Parts agreed. But for some reason, I wasn't convinced, and wanted to verify it was that part and not some other before I sank $$$ into it, and by looking on this forum I found PICTURES and manuals and I was able to determine it was not the sway bar, but the drag rod, so I was saved a very expensive and unnecessary replacement of that. A huge thanks to you all for that one.
Anyway, I am hoping like crazy that you guys and your incredible knowledge can help me. I love my little Samurai, and I just feel lost without it.
Grateful thanks in advance for any assistance or advice!
88 Samurai TinTop, 70k, only 1 owner--me, all original exactly as it was the day I got it.
I call it The Tardis because it really is bigger on the inside than the outside!