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When trying to start the car it makes a weird sort of ticking/buzzing noise. i think it may be the voltage regulator. how can i tell if it is or not?

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If there is only this noise and enginr not turning then would suggest you either have a loose battery cable or battery is dead. If the battery is dead then you need to find out why or it can happen again. common reasons are,< lights left on,battery is bad,charging system failure,battery terminals corroded and have weak connection, electreical short,etc.in any case you need to charge battery, < battery charger or jump start>,if you jump start car make sure you attach gruond wire from cables to metal surface of your vehichle to prevent electrical problems. would suggest if it isn't obvious reason,< terminals,lights left on,or something of this nature > take it to someone who can tell you why because most likely will leave you stranded somewhere with dead battery again. The regulator only operates with motor turning and shouldn't prevent starting engine,but can effect charging battery.

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