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my scooby wont start.....

its not out of gas.....

the battery is fine.....

when i turn the ignition over all power is there (lights, stereo ect.)
but the car dosent start. it makes a rapid ticking noise?
maybe the starter?


anyone........



:confused: :( :mad:
 
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One of two possibilities.
1) starter/solenoid
2) battery.

If the battery is low enough, it won't have the amperage to crank the motor over, but it will power the lights and everything else. I'd first try charging the battery, or if you can, pull it out and run over to an auto-parts store and have them test it. If it checks out fine, then go pull the starter out and have them test that.
 

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Rapid ticking noise = dead battery. Replace it/test it/charge it.

Have you tried jump starting it? A lot more juice that way, I bet. :)
 

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It's also possible the battery terminals are just corroded. Take them off and clean them (even if they look clean) take off the negative first then the possitive and put it back on Positive first to avoid any sparking. Trust me I've seen a battery explode and it's not pretty. Use some baking soda and water and or a wire brush. I put some of those felt washers that prevent corrosion under all my batteries. If the battery is a few years old it just may be shot. Cold weather takes the power down quite a bit I see you are in NV though so it's probably not that cold :) It may start (if it's not dirty terminals that is) until it warms up a bit outside. Just a few things to try.
 

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thanks for the help.



battery was low, almost dead. the weather has been really cold the past two months. i gave Lola (my car) a jump.......
she started right up.



:D :)
 
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