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post #1 of 3 Old 07-06-2021, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Starting problem

Won't turn over or even try. Only rapid clicking. It will jump start. Went to auto zone and they checked the battery and they said it was fine. After I jumped it, on the way to auto zone, the blinkers would blink rapidly, like when a bulb is out and the windows wouldn't roll down. After I killed it, it restarted just fine and then the blinkers and windows worked normally. After I got home and killed it, it wouldn't start, only clicking. I'm a youtube hack mechanic at best, any ideas? Bad starter? The blinkers and windows seem like a weird symptom. My neighbor said he had similar problem and it was a bad starter relay. Replaced that but no luck.

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-07-2021, 12:05 PM
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It feels like a bad alternator to me. It's kind of a IPIA, but you can remove it and bring it back to AutoZone and they can bench test the alternator's health.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-07-2021, 12:16 PM
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If the solenoid is clicking rapidly, that usually means your battery is low and if it starts every time with a boost than that pretty much
guarantees your battery is low.

Don’t ever trust those stupid battery testers at the auto stores most of them are crap.

A voltage check while the car is running is usually a pretty good indicator if your alternator is working or not. You should have 13.5 to 14.5 V DC with the engine running. Use a new or charged battery because continually having the alternator charge the battery will kill the alternator.

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