MY CAR WILL START EVERY TIME I GO TO START IT ...

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  • zeemz69
  • 2008 Ford Focus
  • 50,000 miles

My car will start every time I go to start it but when I sit and listen to the radio without the car running when I go to start it all I get is a clicking but once I get a jump it starts up right away do I have a bad altenator?

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Sunday, December 16th, 2012 AT 11:11 PM

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  • caradiodoc
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How long are you running the radio, a few minutes or many hours? Obviously the battery is running down. If it's four years old, it's nearing the end of its expected life and there won't be much "reserve" capacity left. Pretty soon it won't be strong enough to crank the engine. Also look for corrosion around the battery terminals. That is a sign the battery is going to fail in the next six months or so.

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