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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 1, 2020, 11:18 PM

28. Sounds like a weak battery or

bad connection at battery terminals. What you are probably hearing is solenoid chatter at the starter motor due to low voltage from the battery that results from the high current draw when the starter tries to kick in.

Try cleaning the terminals or wiggling them to see if they have become loose. If one or the other terminals is loose, tighten bolt/nut in the terminal clamp(s).

If cleaning terminals, remove negative terminal (before removing positive terminal) first and reconnect last to avoid a possible short circuit between the wrench you are using on the positive terminal and the car frame or other close by metal object..

If that doesn't work see if you can get a battery boost from another car. If that gets it started, go to a garage and get battery and alternator checked (battery may be weak or discharged; alternator may be faulty).

If the battery is more than 4 or 5 years old, you might want to replace it in any case.

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