2004 dodge grand caravan - clicking when turn key to start
As the subject says - - there is a loud and rapid clicking noise when trying to start. Problem happened suddenly - - no prior problems. All the gauges and automatic doors work fine, so battery power doesn't seem to be the problem.
I don't want to pay for a tow to garage and repairs also, if I can do it myself.
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You might want to take the battery out and have it checked. Parts stores will check it for free, so that would be 1st step. Make sure connections are clean and tight. If it's the original battery, it's 4 years going on 5 old, which is the life span expected, and the clicking noise can be classic bad battery symptom. If battery checks out ok, it may be the starter, so 1st make sure the battery is good. countrycurt0
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My 2008 dodge grand caravan does the same thing. I can unlock my doors and the clicking from the dashboard will start. I turn van on . (Engine is running) and nose gets louder and faster. It's almost like the shift lock is spazzing.out. I put.my hand on dash next to gear shifter and I can feel vibration from where noise is coming from. Also when I turn van off and get out if van. The noise of clicking keeps going. But than stops afterwhile..does.any dodge mechanic know what this is.?
Sounds like a classic case of a dead battery. It takes much less energy to sweep the gauges and turn on the lights than it does to crank the engine over. The clicking noise is usually your starter solenoid trying to engage and spin the starter. Try a new battery. Happy motoring.
Check the battery first. Just because the lights are on doesn't mean it has enough power to start the van. If you or the van has a volt meter, the battery should read at least 13-14 volts to be good. If the battery is good then the alternator is good and we move on to the starter solenoid. I'm sure it's one of these. Do the lights go off or very dim when you turn the key? If so then battery.
It almost sounds like you have a loose connection at the battery. If the connection is loose it can cause the starter to click as you have described. Also it could be the starter itself. If the starter is bad (locked up) it can make the clicking noise and not start the engine. If you can get to the starter, try to tap on it with a hammer while someone is trying to start the engine. I hope this helps.
The clicking noise is usually the sign of a dead battery. No gauges or noise could mean a REALLY dead battery. Check battery connections to make sure they are clean and tight. Have u tried to jump start it? U can take the battery to a parts store where most will check it's condition for free. So check this 1st and let me know what u find. If that's not it, we can continue.