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99 Ford Explorer battery goes dead sometimes clicking noise underneath the steering column

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There are a few possibilitys here , one how old is the battery? is it winter, batterys tend to expire in the colder months if it is a battery that is over 3 years old it may pay to do a load test on it. if it is in its later stage oof life this may very well end it for good. how ever better at a garage than out and about. next are the terminals clean and free from corrosion this hinders the charge from the altenator so it may not be getting charged to the correct rate. it the top of the battery clean and free of dirt , carbon as you can loose voltage off the top of the battery from one terminal to the other just by it being dirty and that will slowly discharge the battery all by its self. are the battery termina;ls in good condition and getting a good contact?. is the altenator giving out a correct charge of at least ideally 13.6 v with the engine running? is the positive lead going to the starter connected firmly? next if you were to take the vents off the 6 cells and this is only if it is not a maintance free battery? check that the electrolyte levels cover the plates use deminralised water to top up if you can see the plates. if all of the above is good may be look for a power drain eg glove box light or door light not turning off or any type of newly fitted stero gear. hope that helps you some

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Put a multi-meter on the battery to measure the rate of discharge. Start plucking fuses to determine both the clicking and if the battery stops discharging. You may need a helper! Check engine codes will help if you can get it done for free at a parts supplier. Low battery sometimes creates the clicking sound.

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Hello, you will want to see if you get a "CEL" check engine light or MAL malfunction indicator light when this issue happens. These lights mean there are codes to be extracted. I see these issues a lot with a code p0601 and ultimately the ECU needed to be replaced. Yours could be a simple ASD relay or something simple along those lines. Call me if you need further assistance or if you get the codes. I will be happy to run them for you. 561 615 0103 Tim w/ AutoEcu1

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To answer this question requires much more information. When does battery go dead? Any aftermarket radio or other items installed? Will battery sometimes stay charged for several days without using vehicle? When does clicking under dash occur?

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

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Don't replace the entire switch, clean any of the relays or take the switch apart. You'll notice at the back of that switch where wires are attached to the blades that they are exposed. My guess is that you'll also notice the tilt steering wheel "release" is bare metal and in very close proximity. Insulate the lever with something (I cut apart a plastic water bottle, melted it in half, then fused the ends with a butane soldering torch) and put everyhting back together). The blades at the back of the switch are arcing across to the tilt lever.

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Check the lower steering column universal joint coupling needle rollers !

Open the hood, and get someone to wiggle the steering wheel, and using a good torch, check the lower steering column joint, for any free play, or if you can hear or feel, the clicking, and check all the clamp bolts and nuts.

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it sound as if the problem is in you switch and you will need a puller to get the steering wheel off also take the negative side off the battery before you start and remove the fuse for the air bags as well if you have a library near you there you can get all of the pictures and diagrams so you can do the job easier

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Check your battery ground connections. Make sure the vehicle chassis (and alternator) is properly grounded.
Check for any loose connections around the main high current 12V supply fuses.
Check the clicking in the steering column is not a loose supply wire arcing.

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power steering pump might need more oil (whining noise). generally power steer pumps take automatic transmission fluid. there should be a reservoir above the pump only fill this a little bit then start the car and turn left to right and recheck level. fluid should only be low if there is a leak at power steer pump/lines or steering rack,

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