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Old 01-26-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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Car won't start... Loud clicking :/

So I went to start my car just now and the car just makes a really loud ticking/clicking noise and won't start. The clicks are very rapid; it sounds like a god damn taser. Has anyone heard of this or experienced this?
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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Dead battery.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:59 PM   #3
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Dead battery.
But all of the interior lights and headlights are working
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:01 PM   #4
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Check the terminals see if they are secure, takes more juice to start that work lights, if they are secure, you could try cleaning them, if it still does the same thing get a new battery.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:06 PM   #5
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But all of the interior lights and headlights are working
The battery probably has enough power to run the interior lights and headlights, but not enough to turn the engine over.

You could always get your battery tested at an auto parts store.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:21 PM   #6
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put headlights on in accessory mode, then hold down your windows up button (with your windows already up) and dome lights on...if they dim really really bad its probably your battery.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:10 PM   #7
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:28 PM   #8
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Battery.

Happened to me just a couple of months ago.

Everything else worked fine, lights, radio, windows, doors unlocking and locking...
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:33 PM   #9
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Clicking is the sound of a relay. The battery has enough juice to run accessories but not enough CCAs to turn the motor over, you need a new battery. Batteries often die during a cold spell as CCA is related to temperature, in warmer weather an old battery can put out enough juice but when the cold hits it's just not strong enough.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:06 PM   #10
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Not dead battery, just low battery.
This.

Jump the car and drive it around for 20-30 min to let the battery charge. If it continues to happen get the battery/charging system looked at.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:28 PM   #11
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Everyone's already said battery, which is correct, but I'll explain the ticking.

Your battery voltage is not high enough for the starter bendix to fully engage, so it's spinning, but it's barely engaging the flywheel.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:41 PM   #12
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Am i the only one who rides around with a batter jump box in the hatch? Never had this happen to me in the GTi, but I've had it happen enough that I felt the $50 investment from harbor freight was worth it.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:57 PM   #13
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Yeah except those jump boxes have a bad habit of not working when you really need them.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:32 PM   #14
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What they said

Battery done, finished, over
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