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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 2, 2020, 03:14 PM

29. Okay as others have mentioned, your battery is low ...

"rattled like a machine gun,"
and
"Rapid tick tick tick when I turn the key"

Are quite different ideas. For one, machine guns are mind-numbingly loud, and a 'rattle' is not a 'ticking'

This CAN be the alternator going bad, but more likely (in these times) the battery is not getting well charged because you're not driving a lot anymore (am I right?). Batteries slowly drain just by sitting in the garage and if you don't drive the car around on decently long trips on occasion you can find yourself with a battery that's too low to start it when you go out to the garage.

Get a jump, then drive down to the autoparts store and get the battery tested. If it's not okay, replace, if it is, buy a cheap trickle charger and start making a habit, when you get home after trips, to hook the battery to the charger.

If you ARE still driving around a lot, and this suddenly happened, this situation gets more complex. Let us know

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