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It wont start

When i turn the key it cranks slow now it just sort of clicks

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More than likely, if all of your cables are good and battery connections are clean, you have a weak or almost dead battery. The clicking or clattering noise is the solenoid on the starter attempting to engage, but not getting enough energy from the battery to do its job. Why is the battery weak or almost dead? Batteries just wear out eventually if they are old. But sometimes a battery is weak because the alternator is not working properly, or because there are bad connections, most likely at the battery terminals. Remove the terminals ( negative first, then positive) and clean them both. After cleaning them reconnect them, positive first, then negative. Sometimes there is a loose belt that is not driving the alternator adequately ( although this is not common with serpentine belts). Make sure the belts are tight. If you replace the battery, the problem will only be solved temporarily if you do indeed have an alternator problem, and the new battery will also go dead. To check the output of the alternator, there should be 12-13 volts across the battery terminals when the car is turned off. When the car is running, there should be 13 to 14.5 volts across those terminals. If there is no change in the voltage when the car is running, and the cables are good, then the alternator is not working. Sometimes there is a fuse that delivers primary voltage to the alternator and when this fuse is bad, the alternator will not work. Check all fuses, under the dash and under the hood if car is so equipped. If battery is good, cables are good, and connections are good, you may have a bad starter.

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