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Dead battery or bad solenoid?

Battery went dead, recharged and still won't crank.  I hear a fast clicking noise under battery compartment and am confused.  Is solenoid there or am I hearing something else?  I thought starter and mechanisms would be connected to engine.

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  • leohines Feb 19, 2009

    I also suspect the battery may have dead cell and needs replacing.  I will try to start using jump off from car to see whats what.

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You could be hearing the solenoid or the relay,but it sounds like you have a loose connection if it is clicking fast.

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