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    Click Click Click..Help me diagnose my STi

    Leaving the office for lunch i was greeted with a long forgotten click click click, followed by nothing. I pop started the car and drove around for a bit.

    Leaving the office this evening i get the same thing. So a jump later i hope that the long drive home will charge my battery up.

    Stopping at a gas station for gas i shut the car off and again get no start. Good news is i have an exuse to not go to work tomorrow, bad news is my baby dosnt start.

    Since im hearing clicking im assuming my solenoid is good, and my experience with bad starters in the past has been one of slow give up not immediate give up.

    So guy and gals, any ideas why my battery would suddenly not hold a charge? bad battery? alternator not working?? am i missing something?


    The car in question is an '05 Sti, all stock outside of TBE, cobb suspension parts and my good old AP with about 30k on the OD. Thanks!
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    I'd jump it and head over the autozone or somewhere that can check your battery (Unless you have a battery tester).

    It could be a bad alt. that has drained the battery, or just a dead battery. Cant really tell until you get an tester/load put on the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 302@12psi View Post
    I'd jump it and head over the autozone or somewhere that can check your battery (Unless you have a battery tester).

    It could be a bad alt. that has drained the battery, or just a dead battery. Cant really tell until you get an tester/load put on the system.

    +1 go to autozone and get battery and alt. checked for free.
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    they tell me the battery is totally dead, so im throwing in a red top this morning and will take it back for a check, if it still drains we all know what i will have to do.
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    did they test the alt. too?? If the car is running they can test it even if the battery is completely dead.
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    could just as easily be corroded or loose battery cables.

    I would check that first before replacing the battery.

    I dont know how many friends have called me to come fix there car it wont start... and it was loose or corroded cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigurd View Post
    could just as easily be corroded or loose battery cables.

    I would check that first before replacing the battery.

    I dont know how many friends have called me to come fix there car it wont start... and it was loose or corroded cables.
    +1

    Take a wire brush and clean the battery posts and see if it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigurd View Post
    could just as easily be corroded or loose battery cables.

    I would check that first before replacing the battery.

    I dont know how many friends have called me to come fix there car it wont start... and it was loose or corroded cables.
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    +1

    Take a wire brush and clean the battery posts and see if it helps.
    I was really just thinking the guys at autozone would make sure this wasn't the case if they checked the battery for him.....but you never know.
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    easiest test for alternator.. if at the battery post while engine is running you get 13-16 volts alternator is good. If it says something like 12 and under then the car would be running off the battery. Since you said you pop started the car and drove it around if you have a dead alternator and battery you wouldn't be driving around lol.

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    all connections were solid. battery had 30k on it and terminals were totally clean, swapped a red top and had no problems since.
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