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Car won't start just clicks.

The car has a new battery and alternator, ran for one day then started clicking when you try to start it. It will not take a jump or anything.

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I had the same problem in my truck. Replaced the starter relay (not a solenoid in my truck, and that makes a difference) on a guess and it was fine- then a month later turned had the same problem. Arced out when I tried to jump it. Turned out to be the battery, even though it wasn't old and registered fine voltage. I had been rear-ended and I guess there was a loose plate on the bottom inside of my batttery that sometimes shifted and caused an intermittent live short. Everyone told me it was the alternator or voltage regulator, I never bothered with those after following the book. Get a Haynes electrical manual to trouble shoot, it's the bomb! Been fine for almost a year now- never would have guessed if I hadn't followed the steps in that book.

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