my car won't start when I turn the key it clicks rapidly?

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Old 27 Nov 2013, 01:39 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default my car won't start when I turn the key it clicks rapidly?

When I get a jump it runs fine but this morning it wont start when I turn the key all it dose is clicks rapidlywhat could it be
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Old 27 Nov 2013, 01:54 pm   #2 (permalink)
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The "rapid clicking" is the starter solenoid engaging but not having enough "power" to spin, thus starting the engine. Either the battery needs replacing or the alternator (which charges the battery) is bad, most likely it is the battery. How old is the battery, they last 4 - 7 years depending.
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Old 27 Nov 2013, 02:09 pm   #3 (permalink)
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You need a new battery. There is not enough juice in your battery to turn the engine over (or the starter). The reason a jump works is because you are using 'power' from another car's battery to start your's. It sounds like you're battery is completely shot (hence, needing a new battery) if this is happening a lot...unless you leave your lights on or something all the time. Hope that helps. Cheers!
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Old 27 Nov 2013, 02:24 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Might be a failed alternator but probably the battery if it's over 4 years old.















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Old 27 Nov 2013, 02:40 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Change your battery. But you might want to check if your alternator is working because your battery will die soon if it is not. The simple way to do this is to start your car, disconnect the negative terminal from your battery. If the car dies then your alternator is bad.
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Your battery is dead, charge/ replace it simple as that.
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Old 27 Nov 2013, 03:09 pm   #7 (permalink)
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The battery is dead - sometimes it is necessary to hook up jumper cables, start the other vehicle, and let your battery charge for a couple of minutes before starting it. If there is a lot of corrosion/build up on the contacts then remove the wires, clean it off with a wire brush, then reconnect and tighten the wires.































If it keeps dying, then either the battery is failing (easy to test - most auto parts store will do it for you), or your alternator is failing (it might just be the voltage regulator - but unfortunately they are built into most newer alternators) - again, most auto parts stores will test this for you.































It could be a bad starter or starter solenoid - but since you mentioned having to jump it before, it's probably a battery/charging issue.
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