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Allternator works. battery has 12.6 volt charge. replaced started last weekend. my 98 contour still will not start. There is no clicking when trying to turn it over. Is there anything else that i can try?

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Check your relays and starter fuses. These can be damaged by any work done to the car without disconnecting the battery first. especially starter work.

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I have a 2006 chrysler sebring touring When I go to start it it just clicks lots but when I boost it it starts no problem, I cleaned the posts and tested the battery and it's output is 12volts. I

Check the voltage of the battery while you are trying to start the car. I suspect it will fall well below 12 volts. A fully charged battery should read around 12.4 volts. 12 volts tells me it is not fully charged. The rapid clicking noise while you hold the key in the crank position further indicates a weak battery.

Jan 30, 2016 | Chrysler Cars & Trucks


My car or truck won't start, now what?

The beginning is the hardest part to go off in the wrong direction, you can waste alot of time and troble. does the key turn normally and do the normal light's and somes happen? If they do good, Let's start as if they don't. The turn of the key produces a click under the hood or many clicks and the engine doesn't turn, try it several times to see if many tries helps. If it still just clicks the Battery and or it's connections are in the light of repair. ( the most common cause of "no start,no crank") loose or dirty battery cable connections and the battery low or dead. You can't look at the connection and tell if it's good ,you got to get busy and take the cables off and clean them and then put them back on tightly, just tighting a loose cable and it works OK isn't a good way to do things, Your brock down and why risk being broke down again right away. On cars that are aged some they may have been fixed before you got to see it. Sometimes to repair the cable an (emergency) repair end has been installed. As the name inplies it's a temporary repair and can last along time. But it's not designed to just get you going again. You cut off the old cable end, strip the wire back, put the wire into the clamps bolt together holder and the tighten up and install on the post of the battery. This bolted together connection and the connection to the post does'nt last long and these the temporary part of the repair. You might be in a bind (time, Money ) and have to get running right away. Take it all apart and scrach all the crud off the best you can with what you have. and tighten it all back up and try it again. Do the headlights blaze? or are they dim or not coming on at all? May be a jump with booster cables will work, Hooking them up right is a good idea, hooking them up wrong can be very bad, Some cables have a tag on them that tels you the best way and it goes like this. Frist identify the positive and negative terminals on both cars and be sure don't guess. A + (plus) sign on the battery is the best way, often times the positive cable is red but there are repaired cars that have both cables red or black, or even the wrong way. so watch for the Plus right on the battery just to be shure. hook the red booser cable to the positive post on the dead car first then hook up the red cale on the live car positive post. The live car needs to be running. now hook up the ground(Negitive) to the dead car, rock them around a bit to get the claw of the cable to scrach it'self a good connection do this with the positive cable too. Last keep unnessary peaple out of the way and hook up th ground on the live car. You might notice a spark and the live cars engine change as it takes up the load of charging the dead car. The dead car should be completely turned off as this connection is made, If the spark is bright or kills the live car disconnect right away and recheck positive and neg, if you know your right and it still makes a large draw ( drain on the live car) remove the battery and take it to an auto parts store or other repair shop that can test and charge the battery. If you have a volt OHM meter ou can test the battery yourself. Most cars have 12 volt batteries except those built new before 1955, and even those cars may have been upgraded to the 12 volt battery as it's a big improvement over 6 volts. The volt meter on a 12 volt battery will read over 12 volts if the battery is charged 12.6 volts is normal resting baterry no loads and it's not been running somthing soon. A good battery can be higher13.2 volts even mainly if the test is right after the battery was in a running car or right off a battery charger. A good battery in a running car with a good car is 14.5 volts. There's exceptions to this and anything over13.2 volts will work and some cars that's all they do. 12 volts or less and the battery is dead, ( it can still be good and chargeable but dead as far as starting cars go). This battery may even start the car if the car starts really easy and the battery is low but good. once started though it shoud go to 14.5 volts and never over 15 volts. Gronding and charging system problems are indicated if it goes too high and a good battery will go bad if it's charged tooo high for very long. A battery thats 8 volts has what they all a dead cell it may still start the car but when the altenater tries to charge this dead cell battery it'll try too hard to charge the battery and being it's trying as hard as it can it'll burn up after awhile as it can't work as hard as it can too long. Oncwe the cables are good and the battery is known to be good and the car still does'nt crank over, and just clicks the cables can be bad on the places they attach to the starter or the engine block but this doesn't happen very often. If the starter clicks and doesn't turn the engine the starter can be bad. With someone retrying over and over to start the car knocking on the starter with a block of wood or other hard object may rattle it into connection and it might start right up or begin to turn the motor and stop and buzz the engine may be too hard to turn and then your in real troble if it turns out thats why is not starting. if the motor will turn with a wrench or you see other reasons that the motor will turn over then the starter may need to be repaired or replaced. if it starts after knocking on the starter it may start again or maybe not it's a good sign that the starter is worn out and needs to be replaced.

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I cant get my 98 ford explorer to start and my battery wont charge .I need to no why

Battery is probably bad- try a another one! (Make sure terminals are clean, too).

Nov 05, 2014 | 1998 Ford Explorer

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Blower motor slows down when i accelerate

I have a thought you may try testing your battery voltage with the car turned off .It should read 12 volts or higher if not charge battery than check again if battery is lower than 12 volts after charging replace battery.If 12 volts or higher start engine check voltage on battery again it should be 13 volts to 14.5 volts not higher if voltage readings are lower than 13 volts or higher than 14.5 volts replace alternator.

May 25, 2013 | 2004 Ford Expedition

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I try to start the vehicle (2001 Suburban) and rapid clicking sound is what I hear. Just parked it monday and tuesday wouldn't start. Battery operates all systems fine and doesn't seem weak - but...

rapid clicking usually indicates a weak battery. There may be enough power to turn on the accessories but the starter requires much more power to get it to turn over.

You can check the battery connections for corrosion and clean or tighten as necessary.

You can also use a volt meter on the battery. you should see 12.5 volts with everything turned off. When you try to start it should not drop below 12 volts. if it drops below ten volts replace the battery.

you can also try jump starting the vehicle. if it starts replace the battery.

One last thing you can do is pull the battery and bring it to just about any parts store and they will test it typically for no charge. Some shops will also do this for no charge.

Jul 21, 2011 | 2001 Chevrolet Suburban

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Hi I have a 98 ford contour sport. We are having problems right now the alternator is not charging the battery. The alternator is brand new. I've had mr transmission run it and they said that there...

Chick you gotta make sure all connections on alternator are correct and tight. Start your engine and with a volt meter check current at battery. It should be 14 volts. If anything under 12 volts the alternator is NOT charging. These cheap rebuilt china/mexican units come looking like new but they are not put together right. I had to buy 3 from Autozone before one worked. Also what frys these alternators is a dead or low battery. They have to work very hard to charge the battery and run the car. Always have your battery fully charged when replacing a alternator.
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Jan 08, 2011 | Ford Contour Cars & Trucks

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Have a 2004 saab aero 9-3. Recently battery died. It was shorted. But 6 years old. Replaced battery. Now often when trying to start, makes one loud click and won't start. Displays flicker and/or go black,...

I was having the same problem with my 2004 9-3. I assumed the starter was bad and replaced it. I then charged the battery and found it wouldn't fully charge. After charging for several hours when I removed the charger I only showed 11 volts at battery posts. The new battery tested 12.8 volts and the car started well. With the car idling I tested and showed 14.6 volts at the battery post which confirmed my alternator was charging.

I do believe I replaced the starter in error and that it was just a bad battery. When my battery was failing I had dim headlights and flashing displays that you described and the clicking noises also. When I put jumper cables on my saab and let the bad battery charge for several minutes the car would start right up and the headlights would brighten up and even though the battery was bad the idle voltage at the battery posts was increased to 14.6 volts coming from the alternator.

Remember to remove the jumper cables quickly once the car starts to avoid possible electrical problems.

I have had bad starters in other vehicles that would draw a huge load on the battery and jump starting them would sometimes give enough voltage to turn the engine over and start it.

Bench tests aren't always correct because the components aren't under a true load. I had a brand new alternator fresh out of the box last year that was bad and wouldn't put out good voltage even though it bench tested perfect. Go figure.

Check your battery voltage with the engine off. It should read over 12 volts if its charged.

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98 saturn sl1 starter clicking when trying to start.

did you check the voltage of the battery.?

because the power required for lights and radio are very less. but for starting the engine is more becaause ot needs to turn the engine. please check the voltage it should be 12-14 volts.
if it doesnt have this much power charge the battery and check start it wil start.

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Ford Contour possible short

Check the alternator is not faulty.
The battery terminal voltage when engine is running should be approx 14.5V with headlights or venilation blower motor running.
The battery light indicator 'on' usually means the alternator is not charging.

Oct 28, 2009 | 1998 Ford Contour

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98 Contour, starter ticks like dead battery and wipers cycle a couple of times when I turn the key to start. Wiper switch is in the off position, battery is fully charged. I would think possible starter...

If you turn the key and you hear a click and the motor is not moving your starter is probably bad. Everything can work on your car and the starter can be bad all by itself.
Check and see if your wiper is inthe correct position,sometimes we accidently move it without knowing.

Aug 08, 2009 | 1996 Ford Contour

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