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My car can not hold a charge. when i tried to jump my car, i let it get a charge and then tried starting it. It would make a single click and then nothing.

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Check the alternator

the alternator is what charges the battery, if it doesnt work you need a new one

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You can try a "jump start", but only if you are certain that you know what you are doing- if you have any doubt, have a friend who knows how help, or ask a mechanic. If not done properly, jump starting a car can not only be hazardous to both vehicles, but it can lead to serious personal injury.

Many of the risks associated with "jump starting" apply to charging a battery, so please apply the same cautions.

If after either a "jump start" or charging the battery get your car started, GREAT! You will need to follow through to make sure your battery is OK, though.....
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If the interior lights do NOT dim when you try to start your car, the problem is either the starter relay, the starter solenoid, or the starter itself.

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