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Old 08-18-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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So I try to start the stang today and it doesnt start... the first thing i notice when i pull the ignition is the radio turns on to a some station I never heard and the clock reads 12:00 like everything reset. Also car just makes a loud clicking sound?

is the battery dead cuz the radio is able to turn on.... but the car doesnt... just loud clicking sound...


Will a jump start work? or does it need a new battery? or new starter? im stumped
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:53 PM   #2
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What year is your car? Have you ever replaced your battery in the past?

I'm going to guess your battery is just dead.
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07 and i honestly dont remember replacing it.

i guess it lived its 5 year span?
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #4
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i tried a jump start and it didnt work. i just get a clicking sound when i flip the ignition.

ill be getting it checked out by a tech, but im thinking new battery or starter

hoping its not a drivetrain thing

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Old 08-18-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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i tried a jump start and it didnt work. i just get a clicking sound when i flip the ignition.

ill be getting it checked out by a tech, but im thinking new battery or starter

hoping its not a drivetrain thing
B/4 getting to technical I would replace the batty . If it's 5yrs old its money well spent . Not too much can happen to a car in its sleep .
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B/4 getting to technical I would replace the batty . If it's 5yrs old its money well spent . Not too much can happen to a car in its sleep .
yea I just drove it last night (midnight) and it was working perfect.... It has to be the battery or aybe the starter.

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Old 08-18-2012, 02:54 PM   #7
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Check your battery terminals, wires, and starter terminals. If a jump start didn't change anything I would be inclined to say you either did something wrong or there is a short between the battery and starter.

Btw checking your wires involves a multimeter if you didn't know that already.

If you did everything right and it still just clicks, you might have a seized starter.

Hit it with a hammer a couple times...
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the loud clicking makes me lean towards starter. its all i hear when i flip the ignition... ill be checking the wires and evrything
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The stock batteries and alternators are marginal at best. If the battery is gone, have the alternator load tested too. One often will take out the other on these S197's. I'll bet $$ it's the charging system. The starters are comparatively a hefty design.
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The stock batteries and alternators are marginal at best. If the battery is gone, have the alternator load tested too. One often will take out the other on these S197's. I'll bet $$ it's the charging system. The starters are comparatively a hefty design.
Based on the radio issues, I absolutely believe he has a problem in that department as well but, would his car not start and run while jumped? If it's the battery it should start and run till he kills it. If it's the alternator it should start and run while still connected. If it's both he should get the same thing.

I'm not trying to argue I more just want to know why you think otherwise for my own knowledge.
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