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I have a 98 cadillac deville and my car won't start everytime I try to turn it on it make a consistent clicking noise...but then I charged the battery and it started up fine. Could this be the alternator or battery???

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The clicking noise is usually the starter solenoid failing to engage. In your case it sounds like it is just barely starting to fail and the new battery simply gave it enough juice to overcome and start. I would expect the problem to return soon. When it does, locate the starter and give it a few light taps with a hammer or other weighted object while turning the key. this should enable it to start. In that case you will need to replace the starter.

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Your alternator is not charging your battery or giving power to your system,,so,it uses all your battery power,discharging your battery,if your solenoid was bad,it would not work at all and you said you had to charge the battery,therefore your alternator is bad,if you pull the positive cable off the battery while it is running and the motor dies,your alternator is bad

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A Simple Preliminary Car Starting Procedure
If your car won't start, try this procedure:

  • Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.
  • Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
  • Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck bendix gear.
  • Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

Hope this helps

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