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Old 12-17-2011, 04:15 AM   #1
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About a month ago I left a light on in my car and the battery died. Ever since then the car has had a hard time starting and today it won't at all. The lights come on and the open door dinging sounds, but it just makes a clicking noise. I have a 2006 mustang, base. ANY help greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:19 AM   #2
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I'd start by jump starting the car and driving strait to a auto shop to have the battery tested. I'll take an educated guess and say it is the battery. As well you should always make sure that all battery connectors are always free and clear of corrosion. That will hamper starting too.
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When batteries are old, they can develop internal leaks that can drain then overnight. Or sulfation that makes for a high resistance so a big load like a starter can't turn. When they get so a dome light drains them overnight, that is the usual cause. Or, the charging system can't overcome the resistance.They can get intermittent, too. Try clobbering it near the plus and minus posts with a rawhide hammer. This often fixes intermittent.Has your battery ever ben changed? I usually give cheap batts 3 years, your car is 5 years old . Bench charge the battery overnight, jump it, and taking it to Checkers orf the 'Zone for a free diagnostic. check water in batt if not sealed. Use only distilled H2O, 91 cents at a grocer. Make sure connections clean and tight, at alternator, too, and grounds from engine to body and ground at alternator.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:56 AM   #4
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It's most likely not the alternator since it only works after the car is started. Here's a good basic test. Go out to your car and turn the dome light on. Try and start the car while looking at the dome light. If the dome light gets very dim while your trying to start the car, its most likely the battery. If the dome light stays constant, its the starter or starter circuit
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Sounds like the battery is dead - just get a new one.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:43 AM   #6
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alternator symptoms are the battery light indication get ur alternator tested free by a charge test
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:52 AM   #7
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Sounds like the battery. You'd be best off buying a new one.
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