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Starter or electrical problem?

The interior cab light blinked and stopped burning.
The starter would not turn over or make any kind of noise.
I cleaned the battery connections, thinking I had a short which is what it appeared to be.
The starter still would not work.
The interior light blinked again.
I connected the battery charger, but the battery, which is only a few months old, appears to have a full charge.
I checked various fuses, all of which appeared fine.
I tried to start the engine again, and a loud click shut down the electrical power.
The engine compartment light comes on but will go off for no apparent reason.
The head lights will not come on.

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I think you should try to clean 1) battery connections 2) starter solenoid connections. Check the battery wire at the starter, quite often they corrode and cause this problem. You definately have a connection/ground issue going on.

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First, i would bring the battery somewhere like autozone, where they can do a free diagnostic check. definately sounds like a battery problem to me. a bad starter should not have that affect on the entire electrical system and will not work if there is not enough current available. if the battery is not the culprit, you may have a bad relay or fusible link somewhere, but i am willing to bet it is the battery.

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