I have a rather unusual situation with this car- my dad was driving the car yesterday with the key stuck in the “Start” position instead of “ON” (the key gets stuck in “Start” sometimes when starting the car and you have to wiggle it back a little to get it into place) for about 20-30 minutes before realizing why the dashboard clock and radio weren’t lighting up. After we got home and tried to start the car later, the starter just clicked about- engine didn’t sound like it was able to turn over, but it didn’t sound weak like a low/dead battery. I tested the battery with a multimeter (shortly before typing this post) and it showed 12.4-12.5V when the key was off, and between 11.9-12.1V when trying to start.
We’re in a bit of a bad financial situation and can’t really afford to take it to a shop or waste money on parts that aren’t part of the solution- can’t even have it towed to a shop to have someone more qualified take a closer look in-person. Is there a good way I can make sure that’s all I would need to replace, or is the information above enough to go off of? This isn’t very urgent, since it’s my brother’s car and he works from home, but the sooner I can fix it the better since my dad and I sometimes use the car also.
*Edit- I forgot to mention earlier, my dad mentioned he heard…something off while the key was stuck in the wrong position, but he didn’t really specify beyond that. I thought I heard something as well, sounded similar to an oil lifter ticking (ie, when an engine is low on oil) but very subtle- as well as a droning/humming from somewhere in the front-right that changed pitch with speed, but I suspected that drone/hum was the brakes (since that’s been in question for about a week or two now, and was coming from the front-right- I haven’t had a chance to check the brakes yet though)
PS, what extra tools might I need to replace this, aside from…say, a ratchet and socket set, a couple extensions, and maybe jack stands for extra clearance underneath to work? I have some outside help to fund the replacement parts and any tools we don’t have, but not a lot.
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