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Car won't start, Ford Expedition, clicking noise

Battery fully charged, car won't start with key, but will with jump, AAA tested everything and said it was not a problem with the starter, battery or alternator. Only get a clicking noise. What could it be? Could it just be dirty terminals?

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    You were right, bad cell, got lucky and bought a used battery from a local shop since we are selling the car I didn't want to put even more money into a 15 year old car. Thanks!

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If the car will jump off doesn't matter what AAA said battery is bad, either terminals are excessively corroded, or battery has a dead cell internally, remove battery and take to a reputable auto parts store or repair shop and have tested, also have load tested it is bad.

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Could be one of two things.

1. Your starter motor is no good.
2. If you turn on your lights and try to start the car and they dim to almost black, then you need to check the battery connections.

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sounds like you need to have the battery checked,this is most likely cause of your problem

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find the starter and and tap it with a hammer handle or big screw driver handle. do not hard, but hard enough to activate. it should start. go buy a new one.

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Your alternator should power everything when engine is running. Battery is only for start up. Test voltage with a multimeter when engine is running , should be 14V or more . Any less indicates low alternator output.

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Start with the basics, here. Check that battery cables are not loose and are CLEAN, on the battery AND the starter. Beyond that, check the battery charge with a volt meter. Fully charged should be 12.5 volts or higher, you will lose starter spin at 10 volts. If the battery is low, hook it up to a charger and charge it up completely. If you don\'t have a voltmeter, go to the store and buy one. If you\'re going to try and fix things like this, you have to have one. If you can\'t do that, remove the battery and take it to someplace like AutoZone. They will charge and test the battery for free. If you can\'t take the battery out, or don\'t have a friend that can, have the car towed to your mechanic.



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Dangerous practice to try & jump a dead battery

The battery cables could be loose at either end or corroded internally

Most likely the battery is worn out, if original to car
since it was new, or the starter solenoid is worn

You do not want to jump any vehicle made after the
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