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Wont start I thought it was battery corrosion,we cleaned posts,put water in battery and charged up.Today it wont work at all,wont turn over,click or anything. when I came back outside about 1 hr later the car was clicking under hood where it says door locks,security wipers,ect. when I put charger on posts the alarm went off,not able to click it off,only way was to take charger off battery posts. it is on a charger now after it finally stopped beeping,shows full charge and finally the seats will move up when I put key in.Is this the battery or something else/

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My car had the same problem. If its not clicking or anything, but all the acc works its a fuse problem. $37.50 at a mechanics to fix.

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Sound like a bad battery, The battery wont hold a charge, needs to be replaced. good Luck

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Why doesn't it turn over or start?

Take the car, or the battery, to a car parts store and have it tested. Usually the problem is a bad battery, unless it is a problem of corrosion on the terminals.
Understand that corrosion can not only prevent starting, it can prevent the battery from taking a charge to recharge it from the starting draw.
The terminals must be not only clean, but "metal-shiny-bright :" on the posts and the terminals themselves.
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If my electrical start just clicks could this be the starterotor

Clicking sounds when starting indicates low voltage. This can be a due to a battery that is no longer holding a full charge or a problem with loose and / or corroded cables / connectors at the battery posts, ground, solenoid or starter. Remove cable connectors that have corrosion / white flakey powder one at a time and clean with 25% baking soda / 75% water to neutralize the acid causing the corrosion - by scrubbing it with an old tooth brush dipped in the mixture. Then clean posts and connectors with a wire brush. Check to be sure any battery caps are on tight and then wet the entire top of the battery with the mixture to neutralize the acid on the battery, too. Do not allow the mixture to enter the battery. Hose off everything when done. Check all the other connections and clean / tighten as needed. Either charge the battery or jump it to start the engine. If the battery is good, the alternator should charge the battery and keep it charged for you.

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Our van won't start. Dash lights turn on but the ignition only makes a click noise and the engine does not turn over..

It sounds as if you have a loose battery connection. Check the battery cable for tightness and clean any corrosion with baking soda and water. The battery may be weak as well if the cables were not tight it would not charge properly.

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Sometimes not getting power to start can be the simplest thing. Make sure your battery is getting good connection, take the battery cable off the battery post and clean any corrosion off between them with wire brush, pocker knife or battery post cleaning tool. When finished apply a thin layer on the post inside of battery cable, of petroleum jelly or grease (this will slow any return of corrosion). Reapply battery cables to battery post, do not over tighten. If the battery is over four years old, there’s a good chance it needs to be replaced. Do a load test at your local automotive parts store. It could be the solenoid on the starter, the part store can test that too but you’ll have to take it off most likely. If it’s none of these a automotive store can help you determine what the cause might be, I find they are generally helpful in determining the problem. Most you can borrow the tools to fix it from them, or if you don’t feel up to doing it yourself, they can recommend a local garage or dealership to fix the problem.

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You will need to start with the battery.
First thing to do is clean the terminals and posts, and clean the inside of the terminals where they touch the lead posts. You can use boiling water for any corrosion, and some sandpaper or a small knife to scrape all the metal so it is shiny bright.
Now, try to reconnect it and see if it will start. If not,
Have someone take it to be tested somewhere, understanding that many places who sell batteries have good reason to find yours defective.
It may need to be charged if it is low.
If it needs charging, inspect your alternator belt and be sure it is tight, and that the alternator is recharging your battery after the car starts.
On some Corollas, there is a plastic and metal fuse assembly that is hooked directly to the positive (+) post of the battery.
I have worked on 3 cars already that needed the fuses and fuse holders cleaned, because corrosion caused them to prevent the car from working right.
If all this is clean and working right, the next step is to inspect the starter itself, but most of the time, the problem is the corrosion or the battery, not usually the starter.
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I'm gonna give you 2 possible solutions,since you didn't specify if it clicks once when turned to start,or clicks repeatedly.If it clicks once,and the dash lights don't flicker,it's probably an issue with the starter(dead winding or solenoid contacts worn).If it clicks repeatedly when turned to start,then the battery is low on charge or has a bad cell.If you're messing with the battery cables,make sure you clean any green corrosion off of the cxables at the battery(because of GM's side post design,the corrosion is hidden and often forgotten).I have actually have seen corrosion between the battery and cable mimic a dead battery.If you do find a lot of corrosion,clean it up and try charging the battery on 10 amps charge overnight.

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Battery indicator dash light on then sudden loss of power and lights etc

Never rinse the battery terminals or squirt water in the engine area of your car. If you get certain parts in the engine wet, the car cannot run. You might have wet something electrical that may work correctly again once it dries out completely.

Get a wire brush and pliers or a screw driver (depending on the type of battery terminal connections you have on your car) to remove all of the debris/corrosion on the posts correctly. Use the pliers or the screw driver to loosen the posts so you can remove them (one at a time). Life the post off of the battery & use the wire brush to remove everything on the post itself on top of the battery to the connector that is attached to the battery cable. Brush until you see a nice, clean metal connection free of rusty dust or corrosion. Reattach the battery cable and repeat the process on the other terminal. Once the terminals & connections are clean, you will need to jump start your battery in order to get the car to start again. Find a pair of battery cables & have a friend bring their car and park it as close to your engine as possible. Have them leave their car running. Open their hood and put the jumper cables on each terminal on their battery. Make sure you put the right color cable on the right terminal. then connect the other side of the jumper cables to the battery in your car. Have your friend press their gas pedal a couple of times to rev their engine, then try to start your car. continue until your car starts. then wait a few minutes to make sure your car battery gets enough of a charge to stay running. Leave your car running and disconnect the jumper cables. Driver your car around for a fifteen to twenty minutes to recharge the batter fully. If not, when you turn it off it will be dead again and it wont start.
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you need to remove the battery cables and clean them fully,, tighten them once cleaned,, your alternator can't recharge the battery if the posts and connections are dirty , once you have them back on and tightened, put petroleum jelly on the posts and connections, this slows the corrosion process

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2003 ford expedition will not start

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My car wont start

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Hope that helps.
Good Luck.

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