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The car just clicks and doesn't start.

I bought a new battery .I have used a jump pack and it still doesn't start, I have had jump starts from another car and it starts.

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Hello,

You may need to drive the car back to where you bought the battery. You may have a faulty battery or faulty alternator. When the car is running it should be charging from about 13.8amps and above. If the battery is completely depleted, a jump pack will not be able to jump start the vehicle.

Hope that helps.

G

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