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Car died, repeated clicking noise when start attempt...

I was driving my sister to school this morning and my ABS and battery check light came on, than my dashboard lights turned off. And on the way back from the school my lights came back on but turned off half way home, when i was getting to my house the engine started struggling probably the fuel pump due to no battery power..
I checked the battery and it has 11.37v and it says its good, but when i try to start the car it makes a loud clicking noise repeatedly...what could be the problem? a starter?
2002 Ford Explorer XLT is the car.

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  • blakfalcon29 May 21, 2009

    voltage is while running.

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    is that voltage while running or off?



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The clicking is the Starter Solonoid not getting enough CCAs from the battery to start it.
While running - the alternator should be able to charge the system to 14.4V.

11 volts you are experiencing tells me your alternator is faulty.

Your dash and other items were turning off/on while driving because the voltage probably dipped below 8.4v.

Your vehicle runs off the alternator power once started. The battery is only there to get the engine spinning initially.

A backyard mechanic's way to test the alternator is to start the vehicle - then remove the positive wire on the battery (coming from the alternator).

** If the vehicle stays running - the battery is problematic - probably a dead cell - have it LOAD tested at a local parts shop for free.

** If the vehicle dies shortly after removing the + battery wire - the alternator is failing - and replacement is necessary.

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I suggest checking the voltage when engine is running. you need at least 13 volts. if not check the charging system ( alternator, fuses, wiring).

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    Jun Magno May 28, 2009

    battery is at least 12 volts when fully charged. when the engine is running at least 13 volts. ideally 13.8 volts



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Your starter has a bad spot on it, where the wiring, which is wrapped around the device, is faulty. When it hits this spot while you are sitting with the engine turned off, you get only a constant clicking.
If you turn the key to start it, and do that frequently, you will eventually hit a good spot in the wiring and the car will start.
When the car hits this kind of spot while you're driving, then it becomes sluggish, the indicator lights dim,or go off, and things don't work properly.
If you're anywhere near the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, near the Lincoln Tunnel to New York, you can call Ramirez and Sons, in West New York, and they can fix this the same day and, depending upon the brand of car, and model, within a couple of hours.
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Ummmmmmmm no i think you need a new battery i dont no why but when you battery gets to 11.9999999999999 you car will not start but if that was your problem then you would not have the clicking noise i think that that is your starter moter look i really cant hepl you with that you need to take the car to a garage ad get them to look at it

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