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I have a 2013 smart car fortwo pure I have acquired through family with around 92k miles. The car was sitting for around a year without anyone touching it, but it was running before then. Once we acquired it, anytime you would turn the key to start it, it would just make a click noise without anything else happening. The dash would turn on and most of the engine lights were on on the dash, but other than that the car would do nothing but make a click. We replaced the battery, got a refurbished starter, and got a new clutch alternator, which we thought were most likely to be the problems. Even with these parts installed, it still made the same click, nothing ever changed with each part we got. We bench tested the starter with a battery and it spun, we also made sure to crank the belts to see if they were stuck, but they moved. We also spun the flywheel to make sure it wasn't stuck either. We see the clutch alternator moving as well. It seems to me that somehow the starter is not getting what it needs to spin or something? After all this nothing has changed and every time you turn the key you get a simple click. My thoughts would be possible fuse issue? I am unsure as this is the first time I am every touching one of these. Any help would be apricated.
 

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Hi, welcome to SCOA. Does the dash show P upon trying to start the car? If not P, what was on the dash? Three bars? Connect a scanner to the OBD2 slot and see what codes are stored. Let us know what you find out.
 

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I presume you've checked fuses? Two in the battery well and the fusebox. Assuming the fob is working, a click suggests to me the starter isn't engaging. Do you have voltage at the starter and solenoid?

Everything clean and tight? Starters are high demand on the electrical, so losses can add up. Might check your grounds too.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Is the new car battery you purchase good? 12.4 volts. You used another bench test battery on the starter, and it worked.

Clicking noise, are a dead battery. Check all you battery leads. How did you get the clutch actuator to move, if the car won’t start.
 

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Hi, welcome to SCOA. Does the dash show P upon trying to start the car? If not P, what was on the dash? Three bars? Connect a scanner to the OBD2 slot and see what codes are stored. Let us know what you find out.
Hi, welcome to SCOA. Does the dash show P upon trying to start the car? If not P, what was on the dash? Three bars? Connect a scanner to the OBD2 slot and see what codes are stored. Let us know what you find out.
Sorry for late response this is a weekend project. We ran it through the scanner and got some generic codes which we cleared, but main codes that came up were P0805 and P0887. And by clutch alternator I meant the clutch actuator module thing we got off Amazon. Problems still persist let me know what you think
 

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Turn the serpentine belt by hand a little. Just need to move it a tiny bit. Flywheel and startor could be at a weird location. Had that happen to me a few times when i was troubleshooting no start issue but the P codes point to something else.

And do the actuator re learn steps.

The codes are clutch position and TCM relay power per web search. If the ECU doesn't know where the clutch is it will not start.

Like i said you can pull start it to see if it starts.
 

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You can push start it too.

And what is a clutch alternator?
How can you push start it. There is no clutch to pop, like on cars with manual transmission.

There are some smart European You Tube video’s, that call the alternator. Clutch/alternator.

It’s called a crankcase position sensor, he doesn’t need to mess around with that.
 

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Check youtube or search here for the push start. Something like put it into 2nd gear, push gas pedel down and at a certain mph it will start.
 
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