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Thats a strange one. Even a loose battery cable should not cause that if the engine is running. The engine would have continued to run off of the alternator. The only thing that makes sense to me is that something BIG possibly shorted out - like maybe the alternator or starter. I would recommend scanning your computer network for possible fault codes (there should at least be codes for loss of battery power stored in some of the modules). Also, have your starting and charging systems thoroughly tested.
note that you never once said car can be driven? why?
job1, can you do job 1?
battery is going dead
if head lamps are dim its battery going dead, (not dash HEADs?)
notice is did not say battery was bad only discharged.
if engine starts is charge.battery lamp glowing.
i engine is dead, can crank it.
get a jump, call AAATOW
or find a loaned battery that is charged.
buy a battery charger and use it.
also cars can have phantom drains, as you sleep battery goes dead. (ask)
Remove all of the battery cables and clean them, replace both of the bolts. These cars will give trouble like this with dirty connections that you cannot see until you inspect and clean all three. A cam sensor is one of two things that tell the computer where #1 fireing is for starting car. They do not usually go bad, the magnet inside the engine will fall apart though and the engine light will stay on.
I would start with the altenator. The repair is very easy.
Rick after you replace the altenator and the system does not get any better. The system has a draw or short . The vehicle has a body control module . This could be the cause or the power distribution box in the engine were all the relays are is starting to go out. I would take the vehicle in to you local mechanic to check it out if the altenator replacement does not work.
I'm having same problem on my 2000 model rodeo 4wd 3.2L V6. Other day check engine light came on. I checked engine bay nothing abnormal, or power loss. Next day light was gone. 2 days later driving, a sudden loss of power and light came up. After idling for a couple of minutes, drove off with light still on but all power back. 1 hour later of faultless driving loss of power for a minute or so. Engine temp normal. Had break for 1/2 hour and set off for last hour of journey without fault except check engine light still on. Following dayon startup light went out???
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transmission control system is code 0700. What's the vans mileage? The clicking sound is classic dead battery indicator, and usually there is still enough battery power to run the radio and lights. I would recommend removing the battery, and bringing it to a parts store for a free test to see what the condition of it really is.
change the drive belt and have the voltage regulator in the back of the alternator checked out and also check for any draws on the car anywhere cause this can cause the alternator to over charge trying to keep the battery charged up