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Old 09-02-2017, 10:29 AM
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It wouldn't crank in neutral either I tried that a few times and I tried jumping it off and still nothing..
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With it cabled up for the jump, did the headlights get bright? Y/N?
Cables get hot trying to crank the engine?
Ground at the block is tight, clean?

If the battery is hot/fully charged,, batt cables connections, block grounding clean/tight, you can jump the solenoid (ignition trigger to batt positive) with the ignition off. and the starter should crank the engine over without a start..

Sometimes some of the bargain jump cables are 'very small' wire gauge and they tend to be less than optimal for larger Amp demands for a dead or very low battery, but the cars lighting should have at least brightened up when connected.
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Only the positive battery wire was hot not the negative wire..and the lights were still dim
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:36 AM
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So,,,

When the jump cables were connected (no start/crank attempted) the lights remained dim?
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:44 AM
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Yes the lights were bright before I turn the key.. Then they went dim once I tried cranking the car.. a clicking sound near solenoid I heard while turning the key.. it's just frustrating to change out all them parts.. and car still won't crank.. I never thought of jumping the solenoid
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Old 09-02-2017, 12:15 PM
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Jumping the solenoid will prove out, battery, solenoid and starter.. Takes ignition switch, neutral safety off the diagnostic plate..

If the cars batt 'negative to block' ground is poor, even a jump assist will prove poor since it relys on a good grounding to the car to complete the starters circuit. whereas the batt positive remains the same since it's just basically a cable extension of sorts. A poor ground at the block will affect lighting as well as starter functions.. Not so much low volt/amp needs, but as soon as the power demand increases, the limited connection fails.. May/may not be your issue, but certainly something to check and move on...
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Old 09-02-2017, 12:23 PM
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Does it have any battery cable repair clamps?
More so on the ground cable?
Like these or similar..
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Old 09-02-2017, 12:34 PM
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Just the positive battery wire does.. my negative wire has 3 wires coming out of the clamp
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Pretty common for those repair clamp ends to suffer a bad connection 'under' that metal pinch clamp held down with the two 7/16 head 1/4x20 bolts. Make sure it's good on the Pos,, and that the ground cable connection is tight, clean, at all points of contact.
Could be its suffering a voltage/amp drop out, more so if the battery tests spec..

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Ok thanks
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