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First post here (I normally work on older Mercedes'). A friend of mine is having trouble with her 97 Escort LX (manual transmission).

Sometimes it refuses to start. When it doesn't start the starter motor wont turn but a loud click coming from within the engine bay can be heard (couldn't locate what part was making it). The loud click is generally there but very seldomly it is absent altogether. Oddly enough sometimes the electric locks click back and forth before it decides to start. When it starts the starter sounds fine, there is no studder and it starts right away.

Alternator is good
Battery is good
Ignition switch was just replaced

Any ideas? Thanks so much in advance.
 

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Thanks Dominick. I will check those. I had considered the safety switch on the clutch pedal but then dismissed it thinking that the loud clicking sound wouldn't occur. I thought the hold up might have been "further up the line". Will check it though. Thanks for the tip on the starter relay. I will look at that and report back.
 
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