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Car would not start and made a clicking noise. I

Car would not start and made a clicking noise when I turned the key; the lights and radio wroked inside. I jumped it off and the car started but as soon as i turned it off it would not start again.

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The clicking is normal when the battery is dead and the lights will work for a short time with a dead battery. this will either be because of a bad battery or a bad alt. you can go to any part store and they will check the charging system for free.

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The clicking sound when cranking but radio and other small items work well tells me.... the battery cables at the battery are loose or the cable bolted to the starter is loose.... this is the classic symptoms. DC current needs a VERY good connection to work when on high power devices like a starter. the small power items like the dome light or radio will almost always work when the connection is sub par. the clicking is the starter telling you it does have power but can't pull the current it needs to crank because the connection is not good. hope this helps.

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It sounds l; like the starter solenoid has gone bad or the wire to the solenoid has gone bad. Check the wire harness to the starter and solenoid on the starter. If the wire is good, then it's the solenoid that needs to be replaced. If you remove the starter, Auto Zone can test it for you and should have the solenoid for the starter alone or it you like you can replace the whole unit. Starter and solenoid together. Good luck and hope this helps.

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