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Car clicks when trying to start

I just fixed the window that fell into the driver's side front door. the next time i tried to start my car (a day later), it wouldn't start, and all i got were clicking noises.

the clock reset. the dash panel turns on, the radio works, the vents work (at low power), the lights work... when i set the alarm, the sound of the car horn is fainter than usual.

i tried jump starting it with the help of a friend's car and with AAA to no luck.

this is a 1999 VW jetta (new model) with 85K miles on it. i'm thinking it may be a problem with the starter, but i also think it is way too coincidental that this happened right after i fixed the window that fell into the door.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Dominic Santi
    Dominic Santi Jul 30, 2009

    thanks for your help, outdoorsman.

    the lights do go off temporarily while i am actually turning the key in the ignition. i think that always happens whenever i start my car. all i hear is repetitive clicking, nothing else. i'm not sure what i would here from the starter.

    perhaps my battery is bad. it is probably 4 years old. i have had to replace it twice already.

    i've also drained my battery numerous times in the past, but this time is different, in that whenever my battery has died before, there is no juice left in my car to power all those things i mentioned above. plus, i was usually able to easily jump start it. not this time.

    another possibility...
    in doing some online research, i've realized that a lot of wiring goes through the front drivers side door, and me messing with the window may have disrupted something. the windows are manual, but wiring for the security system is in that door.

    if the starter is the issue, my brother said that tapping the starter with a blunt object while someone else turns the key may be a temporary fix. i'm going to try that when the sun comes up.

    thanks, again.


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When you try and start the vehicle does all the lights and radio and stuff go off? And does the starter make any weird noises when you try and start it? I would go to the parts store and ask them to check your battery if you can drive it there. lol..........they will be happy to check it out for you. Still acts like it could be a battery issue.

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