Turned the key to start the car but got a rapid clicking sound
this is common this time of year with the seasons changing.The clicking is the result of low battery voltage/amps and it's the starter clicking but not turning over the motor.
It's got to be either the battery is getting old and needs to be changed or there is something preventing it from charging, OR it's dirty battery terminals.
Check the battery connections to make sure they are clean, corrosion free and snug. If they are dirty, get a battery terminal cleaning brush and clean the battery top, and terminals.. be cautious because the acid is highly corrosion and will not only burn your skin but it can eat holes in your clothes...
You can neutralize the acid/corrosion with baking soda. apply liberally and hose off with water.
If your battery is dry on top, and the connections are clean, if the battery is more than 3 years old, it's most likely going bad. Simply swap it for a new one. If the battery is newer and the connections are clean, then you may have a charging issue...
But also check to make sure you didn't leave courtesy lights on overnight... If that's the case, get a jumpstart or charge the battery.
Nov 21, 2009 |
2005 Dodge Caravan