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When i turn the key it sounds like rat a tat tat but does not start.

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Hi I am Vortash the Rat a tat tat sound is probably the solenoid on the starter trying to kick in ,, now either the battery is dead or not enough power to turn it over the starter has jammed ( if your pick up is a manual gearbox try rocking the car in gear to free it ) or if an automatic a socket spanner on the crankshaft nut , car in neutral and turn it by hand see if you can hear the starter motor turning also or if the engine is jammed ... )
Bad Battery will also cause this as will poor charging from alternator and the battery runs low of juice .
A more drastic and serious reason this can happen is a cambelt failure piston is on the valves so engine will not turn making the solenoid cut in and out as it trys to turn the engine . hope for your sake it isn't that ?. finally if all that fails remove starter refurbish clean and or replace ..,. regards Vortash

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The fast click is a classic sound of not enough power.

Either the battery is low or dying, or the starter is wearing out and trying to pull more power than the battery can supply.

Once you get it started, jump-started, or whatever, take it to your mechanic to test the battery 1st, alternator 2nd, and if necessary, starter 3rd, in order of cost.

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