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'99 Durango 5.2. Started a turn of the key would bring a single click - classic dead battery thing. Try again, then again, then again - sometimes would start. Occasionally messing with the cables (which seemed corroded) would make a difference. Cleaned terminals once, was great for 2 weeks. Cleaned again, good for a month. Now? Turn key, and a single click. Jumping makes no difference at all. I'm guessing a starter or starter solenoid (if that's still a separate thing these days), but also wondering if it's just a battery gone bad that's not allowing proper flow through (though all hood and cabin lights seem very bright).

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It is definitely a solenoid problem or hopefully just the connections at the sol. good luch

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