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Ticking/clicking from fuse box under the hood. Everything is dead. I pulled fuses and disconnect the battery. Now what?

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  • sue caspanello
    sue caspanello Apr 03, 2015

    the clicking was happening when the car was off and keys were out.

  • shadowchb Apr 04, 2015

    It could also be bad relays or a bad battery as stated below. Even with the key turned off, there are still some things like the clock and other circuits with power, and there may be a relay in those circuits. Relays are the large square metal or plastic boxes next to the fuses inside the box where the clicking was coming from. You could connect the battery again and see if you can isolate what relay it is that is clicking by feeling each relay to see if you can feel the contacts going in and out. If the headlights will come on with the battery reconnected, the battery is less likely to be the problem. The relays generally pull out of sockets in the fuse box. You could take the relay making the noise into an auto parts store and they probably could find a replacement (make a sketch of where the relay was in the fuse box). Make sure the battery is charged, replace the relay and see if the clicking goes away. If not, a mechanic is going to have to trace the circuit for you.

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Look for a major short somewhere. Clicking is probably from thermal reset circuit breakers trying to reset and finding short still in existence. Have a mechanic check electrical system.

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If you boost it its start look like defective battery voltage is so low that the relay dont have enough voltage the stay on thats why they click put booster cable on if its stop simply check why your battery low

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