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Tried starting car after work and it would not start got a jump and it strted right up but all the lights and radio were flickering on and off during the drive home. I get home and try to start it again and all i get is a constant clicking sound coming from the starter relay. filled the battery with water because it was low on fluids and it started right up then after to trys it went back to the clicking again but this time jumping it would not start it up again. Main issue is that it will not start and has clicking noise with flashing lights and bouncing gauges. I figured the battery would not be the issue if it started up twice. please help

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COULD HAVE WEAK BATTERY HAVE BATTERY CHARGED AND CHECKED IF BATTERY WAS BAD.HAVE ALTERNATOR OUT PUT CHECKED.SHOULD BE 13.5 - 14.5 VOLTS WITH ENGINE IDLING.IF NOT CHECK ALTERNATOR FUSE,CHECK ALTERNATOR BATTERY POWER FEED WIRE AND VOLTAGE REGULATOR WIRES FOR DAMAGE OR DISCONNECTION.MAKE SURE ALTERNATOR DRIVE BELT NOT SLIPPING OR LOOSE.

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THE CLICKING NOISE IN THE STARTER HAPPEN WHEN BATTERY IS ALMOST DEAD OR SOMETIMES STARTER SILENOID IT GOING BAD ,BUT IF THE BATTTERY IT KEEP DYING YOUR ALTENATOR ITS BAD ,WILL NEED TO BE REPLACE,BUT BEFORE DO THAT.YOU CAN CHECK YOUR ALTENATOR DOING THIS.IF YOU GET THE CAR STARTED WHILE ITS DOING SO DESCONNECT ONE OF THE BATTERY POLE,IF CAR SHUT DOWN YOUR ALTENATOR IS BAD AND THAT WHY YOUR BATTERY IT BEEN CONSUME, IF CAR KEEP RUNNIG ( ON ) YOUR ALTENATOR ITS GOOD

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Ok Dodge is knowen to be real tempermental on GOOD grounds, clean your battery ends (take them off and wire brush both battery and teminals) real good and make sure they are tight when you put them back on. you need to check the ground cable on the engine block also...
This should get you going good again...

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It cold still be the battery if you didn't let it run at least 15 minutes between starts. The problem you get with a battery low on fluids is a dead cell situation which will give you these symptoms. Now, the problem itself actually sounds like you have a bad voltage regulator which is shorting. You can have the Alternator and voltage regulator tested, the two are built together in your model so it's a one stop test. Make sure all your battery cables are good and tight and clean, if they are corroded it will do this and it will do it if it is loose. Make sure you actually physically check the cable because if the corrosion got under the protective cover it could have caused the wires to basically break in the cable. (Doesn't happen often but it can) If the alternator checks test the battery, they can test both at Auto Zone, Advance Auto or Pep Boys so you get the part you need.

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