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I am having a problem with my daughters 1998 subaru forester. sometimes it will start and sometimes it will turn over slow or just click.i checked the battery with a volt meter and got 12.4 volts ,it

I cleaned the battery cables and terminals,the ground to the engine block.took the starter out and had it tested.all good.my daughter drove the car to the store,shut the car off,minets later started the car drove it home ,the next morning started it took kids to daycare,and minets later it would not start without using jumper cables.please help

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If you just hear a click, try this:
This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck bendix gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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It sounds to me like you have a dead cell in your battery it can have 12 volts and not enough cranking amps, my shop has a tester that can tell you exactly what's wrong with it without removing it, however if you take the battery out and take it to autozone or advance they can test it for you.

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