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How can i tell if my starter is going bad? I had

How can i tell if my starter is going bad? I had to jump the car twice in the last month..... the car made a clicking noise and the lights were dim.... but started right up with a jump

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It may not be the starter. The battery could have a weak or dead cell in it and not holding a charge.
The alternator could be bad and charging the battery.
If you have a volt meter, or can get one, with the car running, put the leads from the meter to the battery terminals, red positive, black ground.
Put the meter switch to 12 volts. If the meter reads 14 to 15 volts, the alternator is ok, below that it isn't charging. If it does read 14 to 15 volts, replace the battery.
By the way, the starter is ok, or it wouldn't have started with a jump.
It's more a battery/alternator issue. Clean the battery terminals first and see if that makes a difference.

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Well, the cheapest and easiest route is to take your starter and alternator in to a parts store. Places liike Schuck's/O'reilly's/NAPA/Chief's/Checker those type of places will check them for free and tell you exactly which one is bad.

It sounds like the alternator is not charging your battery properly and because of that, you don't have enough juice going to the starter to turn the engine over.

I would say test the battery for bad cells or the alternator....but most likely the alternator.

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You mean your alternator? If its bad, check it by turning on the car and disconnect the negative battery terminal, if it dies then you may need a new alternator. If it stays on, then you have a bad battery.

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