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Old 07-12-2005, 11:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation Car won't start! Lots of clicking!!

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I recently bought a used '02 Focus Wagon. Fun car, but it has decided not to start. When you unlock it and turn the ignition all you get is lots of clicking. The battery is strong, everything seems on the up and up. My guess is that it has something to do with the Securilock key or the security system. We have had this happen before and all we did was lock and unlock the car again and it would start right up. But not this time! We've have locked and unlocked the car several times, still it does not cooperate. I did follow a similar thread in the forum, but did not have the same problem. Any help would be greatly appeciated! Thank You!


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Old 07-12-2005, 11:30 PM   #2
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You sure the battery is strong? Sounds very typical of a dying battery.

Did you check your cables to make sure they are securely fastened to the terminals?
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:38 PM   #3
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Yea, that was what I thought at first also. But the batery is strong and the terminals secure, though I do have a bit of corrosion on the negitive terminal. I thought this might be the problem but then the whole electrical system be effected wouldn't it? The electrical system seems fine.
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Old 07-13-2005, 12:37 AM   #4
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Did you try jumping starting it? If that doesn't work, could be your starter...?
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Old 07-13-2005, 06:41 AM   #5
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"the whole electrical system be effected wouldn't it?"

No, because it is the starter which takes a very large current, i.e., it is only when a large current load is put on that the battery voltage drops. When the battery vvoltagwe drops, the relay/starter stops, this causes the battery voltage to rise again, so the relay/starter clicks in again, which causes the voltage to drop and the relay/stater to stop... and on, and on, and on. This is what is causing the clicks.

95% the problem is (1) a bad battery or (2) a bad cable which is corroded inside so that it will not pass enough current for the starter.


You say the battery is "strong." How do you know this?
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Old 07-13-2005, 07:09 AM   #6
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"the whole electrical system be effected wouldn't it?"

No, because it is the starter which takes a very large current, i.e., it is only when a large current load is put on that the battery voltage drops. When the battery vvoltagwe drops, the relay/starter stops, this causes the battery voltage to rise again, so the relay/starter clicks in again, which causes the voltage to drop and the relay/stater to stop... and on, and on, and on. This is what is causing the clicks.

95% the problem is (1) a bad battery or (2) a bad cable which is corroded inside so that it will not pass enough current for the starter.


You say the battery is "strong." How do you know this?
I like your description here. I haven't been on the list all that long but this "clicking" problem seems to be a recurring question. Your description should be turned into a "post-it" note!
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:24 AM   #7
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My battery died out on me about 7 months ago, and it was doing the same thing(the clicking noise you're experiencing). Check and see if your radio or any of other electronics that can work without the car being on are working. Thats ususally another bad sign of a low/dead battery.

Penguin: I heard that the clicking noise you hear when your battery is low/dead comes from the alternater not getting enough power from the battery to start the car. Or maybe I heard it was the starter.........
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:49 AM   #8
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You a need jump. I just had the same thing happen to mine. I got a jump from the Explorer.
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My battery died out on me about 7 months ago, and it was doing the same thing(the clicking noise you're experiencing). Check and see if your radio or any of other electronics that can work without the car being on are working. Thats ususally another bad sign of a low/dead battery.

Penguin: I heard that the clicking noise you hear when your battery is low/dead comes from the alternater not getting enough power from the battery to start the car. Or maybe I heard it was the starter.........
The clicking noise comes from the starter solenoid kicking in, the solenoid engages the starter gear with the flywheel. When there's not enough juice the solenoid kicks in and out making the clicking noise.
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"I heard that the clicking noise you hear when your battery is low/dead comes from the alternater "

No. It is as I and mvhudson described.

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