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Battery not charging , clicking coming from behind glove box, car runs ok from alternator but no output to battery

When relay clicks stereo , aircon, go off then on again

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You may have a faulty voltage regulator remove alternator and have it repaired by shop or replace with a used unit (cheaper)

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Hi, my name is ricky and im 24 yrs old and from Bronx, N.Y . I bought my 03 impala in 04 and i had the same problem in 2007 in which that clicking noise happens. The headlights flicker, and even the gauges inside the car would flicker at times. It has nothing to do with fuses or a relay, please dont spend money on that b.s. like i I will try my best to explain what i did so that you can save some money and time. READ EVERYTHING AND USE ADVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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2nd- What i asked for was a Body Control Module. This controls most of the electric issues you are having and costed me about 50 dollars compared to a new one that was over $200 and reached up to $500.
3rd- I went head first under the steering column and found where the BCM was located. Poke around to find it cause it is def. there, hidden well. It doesnt take special skill to remove it or find it.
4th-Replace the BCM, but be advised that after you do this, your car might not crank over.My car did crank over because i installed a automatic starter previously so i could have started it with the remote start.
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Do a bench test on the starter. Remove starter, hook up a ground cable to starter, and positive to two prongs on starter and it should spin. You can do this in vechile too but not suggested due to risk of injury. If it doesn't spin, probally a solenoid or the starter it self. Unlikely but possible.

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The blend door actuator is hanging up. This actuator (motor) manipulates the door that allows fresh air or recirculation of air while using climate control.

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sounds like a bad relay

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SOURCE: Dead Battery and clicking noise from passenger side fuse box back up lp relay.

Hello! The Automatic Trans-axle Internal mode switch (the switch that changes states when you shift to reverse) is more than likely the culprit...The relay that is clicking is receiving a ground as if you are backing up...That ground could also be in the wiring itself but the switch is the most probable cause...The wire colors in the connector plug to the switch are...Dark Green/White...Red/Black and Black/White...With the car in Park there is probably a ground on the Dark Green/White wire...I would suggest changing the switch...Guru...saailer

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Constant clicking from relay fuse box behined glove box

I looked at a ford focus awhile back that had the same problem , relay clicking behind the instrument panel . The relay was the battery saver relay. This vehicles problem was the alternator , but also had other symptoms , lights flickering . The battery saver relay is controlled by the ( GEM ) generic electronic module , fords version of a BCM - body control module , if you know what that is . It's not the relay at fault . Some other problem is causing it to click .There may be a DTC - diagnostic trouble code associated to the problem stored in the GEM . I suggest you take this top a ASE certified repair facility .

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is the clicking noise when you try to start the car? This could be the starter clicking but the battery do not have any power to turn over engine. buy a new battery from Costco.

Disconnect the batter terminals and clean them.

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1998 Honda Accord won't start. Hear electrical clicking sound coming from behind the glove box area. What could be causing this?

-There are couple thing that cause not to start:
*Before check the following, make sure battery is full of charge.
1. No thing at all. Possible Corrosion battery cable or bad connector or starter relay. (Visual Inspect it) Clean it or tight it
2.Click but never turn or start. Starter has dirty contact or worn out. (Replace W/new one)

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This am i got a clicking noise i put the charger on the battery and now i get nothing, what can it be?

In some instances the starter is what makes the clicking noise. By putting the charger on it, you may have overloaded the charging system, and blew the starter relay and/or fuse. replace both of these. If the car still does the clicking noise, and does not start, make sure first that the connection on the battery, the starter, and the ground on the chassi (frame) are clean and secure. This will cause a battery to lose it's charge, and the battery to go dead. However, before charging the battery, ensure that these are all clean, relay and fuse(s) for starter and ignition are good. If the car does not start, rather than charging the battery, jump start the car with jumper cables (other car). If the car starts, pull both terminals off the battery - if the car stays running, the alternator is good. If it does not, the alternator is bad and needs replaced. Be careful however disconnecting the battery as these newer cars (some) have codes for the stereo system that must be known for the stereo to work again - if your car has a factory/dealership alarm system, then you most likely have this system. I suggest, first and foremost inquiring with your dealership as to wether or not you'll need this code for your stereo.
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Had door to f150 open for awhile truck was running all of a sudden it shut off and i cant get it restarted. just clicking noise and panel not working lights dim HELP!!! its done this once before when i was...

Sounds like a problem with the recharging system.

If you had a lot of electrical running such as headlights, stereo, interior lights, heater etc there is a large draw on the electrical system. At idle you could run the battery down. Jump start would solve the problem.

The clicking you hear could be one of two things.
1. The starter relay operating. This sound would come from the fuse box.

2. The starter solenoid engaging the stater motor. This would come from close to the engine where the starter is mounted. If the power is low the solenoid engages the starter but there in not enough power to turn the engine over. Again a jump start would solve this.

Sometimes it will go later after everything is shut down and the battery has time to "relax" from the draw or the temperature is higher. All can help a start.

You may have a weakening battery that is having trouble holding a full charge. A battery shop can bench test the battery for you.

If it is OK if could be a failing charging system.

If you have has a squeaking sound at idle or when cold and wet your alternator belt may be loose. It can be easily tightened.

If not your alternator may be weakening. Again a repair shop can test for output. Or simply test with a voltage tester to see the output.

If all is OK it could be more advanced in your charging system. For a do it yourself fix. Go the the library and get a copy of the Bently service manual for your yr of vehicle make model.


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I have a brand new battery in my 2000 Honda Civic & the car will not start now. The battery was installed 2 days ago & the car started just fine & ran fine, but then I didn't drive it for 2...

Check the function of the alternator. Charge the battery with a battery charger or jump start the engine. While the engine is running use a voltmeter to check the voltage at the battery posts. Red to + and black to -. You should have between 13.5 − 16 volts. If you do not the alternator is bad or the drive belt is loose. If the alternator checks ok then something is on that is drawing power from the battery and running it down. Check under hood, trunk, glove box, and interior lights. Can also be a brake light switch causing the brake lights to stay on. In rare cases it can also be a stuck relay such as a power window relay. From you description I think you will find the alternator is ok and your problem is something is on and running the battery down.

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Anyone have a picture of the alternator on an '03 Tundra V8? Trying to check output - losing battery V overnight.

Start the engine and check the voltage at the battery with a volt meter. It should read from 13.5 to 16 volts. If it reads out of this range the alternator is defective. If the output of the alternator is ok, then you have something that is on and is drawing power overnight. Dome light, under hood light, glove box, brake light, etc. It can also be a relay that is stuck as in a P/W relay.

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93 LX 5.0 replaced battery, ran fine then would not start

sounds like you have a good battery, get the car started put a voltmeter to wire connected to the back of your alternator. if you have at least 13.25 volts you have a good unit if any lower replace the alternator
the click sound you are hearing comes from your relay it is getting low voltage from the battery. because the battery has no juice caused by a bad alternator

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Car will not start.

that indicates a dead battery. Your alternator may have failed. Check the battery reserve power, and if it is under 8VDC the car will not have enough power to crank the starter. A healthy battery will be around 10-12VDC when the car is off.... and 13-14VDC while running.

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