When I go to turn it over..I get a clicking sound and lights come on and battery reads fine. Newer battery only about 3 years old. This is a LT model with a lot of extras for the time that is...LOL! Lots of electrical extras. When starting everything goes dim and hesitates when trying to turn over. After about 3 to 4 times it starts..but think I am pushing my luck.
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I would recommend taking this to an auto parts store and having them run a starting and charging system test. Most of them will do this at no charge. Your battery may be reading ok, but the starter and / or alternator may be going bad. (if you have a lot of extra electrical items it maybe wearing out the alternator while it tries to charge the battery back up, would explain the dimming of lights and hesitation when starting). Hope this helps.
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You are right to suspect the battery if the weather is hot and the battery is a few years old. You probably have a dead cell and that will prevent you from jump-starting it. It takes at least 10.5 volts to engage the starter. You could disconnect the battery and charge it overnight then check the voltage, but I would lean toward a dead battery from old age and heat. Make sure the connections on the posts are clean before you take the battery out. Could be some hidden corrosion.
First question is: Is the battery really fine? Turn on the headlights and see if they stay on while trying to crank the engine.
If they stay on on then yes, the batttery is fine and the problem is likely your starter solenoid.
if not, then you may have a dead cell or two in the battery that provide enough power to light up your interior and run accessories, but cannot turn the engine over. Hope this helps you find the issue. Cliff
this is common this time of year with the seasons changing.The clicking is the result of low battery voltage/amps and it's the starter clicking but not turning over the motor. It's got to be either the battery is getting old and needs to be changed or there is something preventing it from charging, OR it's dirty battery terminals. Check the battery connections to make sure they are clean, corrosion free and snug. If they are dirty, get a battery terminal cleaning brush and clean the battery top, and terminals.. be cautious because the acid is highly corrosion and will not only burn your skin but it can eat holes in your clothes... You can neutralize the acid/corrosion with baking soda. apply liberally and hose off with water. If your battery is dry on top, and the connections are clean, if the battery is more than 3 years old, it's most likely going bad. Simply swap it for a new one. If the battery is newer and the connections are clean, then you may have a charging issue... But also check to make sure you didn't leave courtesy lights on overnight... If that's the case, get a jumpstart or charge the battery.
Regardless of the battery age,sounds to me as if you have a drain on the electrical system First thing to do is completely recharge battery. An initial quick inspection might show a light staying on, whether it be a door , reading, glove box, or trunk lights, among many other things. If nothing is obvious an electical reading of the system while removing and reinstalling fuses will show the circuit causing the drain, Hope this helps
I've had the exact same problem, it is most likely the starter. Just to be sure I'll tell you what mine did (same model and year) started to act like the battery was going bad, then sometimes would start just fine. But progressively got worse, turning over slower than before until finally it would just click. After pulling the starter I found that the bushing on the armature was missing, this was a 9 month old starter. Replaced with another new and it works just fine.
usually multiple clicking (like a machine gun) does indicate lw battery voltage. did you get 11.9 volts with it running or car off? with running you should be over 13.6 min up to 14.0 volts. these cars have a fair amount of electronics with some residual voltage draws which may shorten battery life. 4 yrs is not too bad. i would consider replacing battery