WheelBarrow wrote:Could be corroded battery connections. Oft times when the solenoid clicks and the lights work that is what I look for. If they are corroded, a good cleaning with some battery cleaner and a wire brush will bring them back around.
Always disconnect the negative post first.
If they're tight and clean get the battery tested. Most every auto parts store will be able to do that. Locally I prefer the NAPA store, but that's because I know the guys in there and it is a franchise.
Phathack wrote:Sounds like a weak battery to me.You could jump start the car to get it running.
Any of the auto parts places should be able to test the battery, even WalMart.
Just and FYI, you can use Coca Cola as a cleaner to remove corrosion on a battery, hit it with a wire brush then flush with lots of water.
Morgu wrote:Had something similar happen once. Turned out the starter had died. Try tapping on the starter while someone else turns the key. You will most likely need a pole to reach the starter.
Knightscribe wrote:I concur with what's already been said, first culprits would be a weak battery or a bad starter, but another thing to explore may be your alternator. But in my experience, if you're getting a rapid "clickclickclickclickclick" when you turn the key, it's probably the battery. This time of year, depending on the climate in which you live, the weather can do a number on your car battery. Hope you can work it all out.
Dr Van Nostrand wrote:Damn, I really would hate it if it turned out that the starter died on me.
The Shadow wrote:Dr Van Nostrand wrote:Damn, I really would hate it if it turned out that the starter died on me.
Perhaps so, but its still cheaper then many other things that can go wrong with a vehicle. It sounds like a bad battery, but did you leave anything on when you parked it (dome light, glove box light.ect.)?
I thought I had a bad battery until I found out that the engine service light under the hood of my pickup was sticking on, even with the hood closed. Also you might want to check the water levels in the battery. Even so-called "sealed" batteries still use some water, and distilled water, not tap water.
OTOH, if you have any socket wrenches, a starter is not all that hard to replace. You can see videos of guys doing it on You-Tube to decide if you think you can do it yourself. Two bolts and one or two wires off, and you pull it out and reverse the process with the new or rebuilt starter on most vehicles.
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