I just got mytruck fixed the other day. They replaced the battery terminals. Im am pretty sure the battery is new. It's a 2001 ford explorer sport trac. I was tryig to start my car the next morning and it wouldn't start it just made this horrible rapid ticking noise. What could this be? Could it be my alternator or should i just buy a new battery?
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hello user, did you check the ground on the engine? if that it fine then try to turn the key on and don't start the motor, just disconnect the red wire coupling which goes to the stater and direct connect it to the battery +ve terminal. See if it starts. if it dose he install a selonoid inbetveen the stater and bettery. the problem will be fixed.
Your problem is likely a bad battery and/or corrosion on the battery terminals. Remove the cables from the battery terminals and clean them with a wire brush or other tool. NOTE: always remove the negative cable first and reconnect it last. Reconnect the cables and then try to start/jump the vehicle again. If that doesn't clear the problem, take the battery to your local auto parts store or supplier and have them check it. You will probably need a new one.
Check your lights, horn (horn often sounds weak or sickly with a dead battery.)
If a dead battery, check the battery terminals for corrosion.
Try charging or jumping the car off. If it starts, take to an auto parts place, most will do a battery/alternator check for free. (Be prepared, they will make you kill the engine, which means you either buy a battery there & replace, or better have cables to jump off and drive somewhere else. on other hand, most will lend you some wore out tools to install the new battery, but their insurance does not allow them to do it for you. )
Just because your lights work doesn't mean your battery is good. The starter takes far more power than all your lights put together. Hook a charger to the battery, or boost it, and see how it goes.
If it still won't go, the problem will be a battery cable connection, or starter issue. The starter solenoid, relay , or the starter could be stuck in the flywheel, in which case you would have to remove it, and replace it. If that's the case be sure and check the teeth on your flywheel or flexplate. (standard or automatic?)