So I've read a bunch of threads regarding dead batteries and failing alternators. I've drained the battery pretty low over the past couple years and I think it might be time for a new one. Booster pack won't touch it and jumping takes a good ten minutes sometimes. Two days ago I got the fast clicking noise under the dash when I left the doors open for fifteen minutes while packing for a road trip. Today, fter a 90 minute highway drive I went groc shopping. Came out and went to crank her over and got the clicking noise from the (starter?). The gauge reads close to 14 when I'm driving, she's never quit on me while driving, and I don't have any aftermarket electronics.
Just want to confirm the checklist of things I should look at before the real head scratching starts:
-clean and check tightness of battery terminal connections
-check belt tension
-Have NAPA, Advanced, etc check battery and Alt for voltage/charge
What else? As I now have a two week old newborn, I need the rig to be reliable as often as possible
The advice is always appreciated...