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Lights up when turned on,but repeated clicking when you try to start it

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Dose it start when you get a boost off, and if it dose you need to check your battery connectors they may need replacing, and if thats not the problem make sure that your alternator is charging your battery and if non of these are the problem you need a starter.

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Repeated Clicking usually means that the voltage is too low at the starter. This vehicle needs a boost After boosting vehicle should start up. When the vehicle start, have charging system check. Make sure that the alternator is charging charging voltage should be at-least 14 volts with engine running. If you don't have the equipment to do this AUTO-ZONE will do a complete charging system check for FREE. Good Luck

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