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    Sigh..car won't start

    I have left my camry in the garage for almost half a year now and it won't start when tried to start it today. Battery is good, but all the car does is make this clicking sound. The engine does't turn over or start. I didn't do anything to it before, just left it in the garage.

    What do I need to do to get it running again??

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    how do u know the battery is good? How 'bout the battery terminals?

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    that clicking sound is your starter saying fuck you I need a battery. Put a new battery in it and I am sure it will start.
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    or its a fuse clicking and ur circuit is broke
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    Umm.. replace the battery or just get a voltmeter to see if its at least 12.8V's. Busted fuse, check ur distributor... maybe the rotor cap is needing changing.. But Mostly not..

    give the battery a 3 - 4 hour charge.. Try it again, if its clicking just replace it. the batt has sulfated, and its garbage.

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    Because my dad hooked up a jumper cable to the car and then we tried to start it again and all it did was the clicking sound and jumper cable got pretty hot.

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    starter or solenoid perhaps. try hitting the starter with a hammer while turning the key.
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    Was it a good jumper set? Sounds like a battery, esspecially with the history of being parked for six months.

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    feel around for what is clicking then u will know
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    Get some sand paper and clean the terminals and battery terminals

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    bad, m'kay?
    Tow it to the nearest Toyota dealer so thet charge you $300 to clean the battery terminals and start the darn thing for you.
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    sounds like the battery is WAY too dead to start yur car, when you hook up the jumpers the starter is sucking FULL pull through the cables (thats why they get hott), Leave the jumper cables connected with the good vehicle running for a bit. This will give your dead battery a partial charge, so the next time you hit the key its not suckin 100% through the cables. Might aswell clean yur battery teminals while yur at it (eliminate one more culprit).

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    charge the battery dude, charge the battery...
    If it won't hold a charge, even with the jumper cables car may not be able to start.
    you will be glad many times in the future if you get yourself:
    1.booster pack
    2.multimeter.


    In a pinch, you can always take out a busted battery, and temporarily hook up a booster pack in its place, just to get you to the nearest Lordco or CT or wherever you buy a battery.

    And a multimeter usually pays for itself after first use.
    A healthy battery should hold a bit above 12V, healthy charging system should put out just over 13V i think.
    so here's your benchmark.
    go test it
    Last edited by Jester666; 06-11-2006 at 07:41 PM.

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    Useable batteries should read between 10 and 13 depending on a bunch of stuff. The car should live at 13.9 volts but will probably idle at a bit less.
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    Do not hit the starter with a hammer! You'll break the magnets and it'll be toast for sure. This is a lesson I learned the hard way.
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