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Car will not start

Posted problem yesterday about gages. (ABS,airbag,little battery light)
Tried to start the car last night and it would not turn over. Car makes
clicking noise when I try to start it. What do you think?

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  • drendal Jan 15, 2009

    Put on charger and the car started. I let it run for a few minutes

    and turned on the lights to see what would happen. It was dark so

    I could see how they reacted. After a brief time the headlights

    would dim and then brighten and that went on for a few more seconds. I shut off the car and then tried to start it again and it

    would not turn over. The dash lights did light up however. Any

    advise....

  • drendal Jan 16, 2009

    Thanks for the advice. You were on the money. Took care to

    have alternator check and that was the problem.



    I will remember you in the future.

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Dead battery.
If the lights came on while driving,
Alternator needs to be replaced.
If the car wouldnt start after being off, battery is suspect.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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    blueextc3221 Jan 15, 2009

    Have the alternator checked at your local parts store. Sounds as if your battery is powering your car while its running instead of the alternator.

    The battery is in your car only to start the engine. Once running, the alternator runs the car and charges the battery back up for the next start.

    In your case, you charged the battery externally, and since the alternator is not working properly, the car is draining the battery.

    Reccomendation: replace alternator.

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    blueextc3221 Jan 16, 2009

    Thanx 4 using Fixya - we're here to help.

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