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Old 09-17-2011, 11:37 PM
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Question URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

I went to turn my car on and it wouldn't start, it just made a ticking noise(no engine power or anything) pretty sure battery is either dead or needs to charge..

Now when the car is on the (electric only) the dashboard gauges are jittering around, and there is a humming/ticking noise going on.. It's faint and sometimes it gets louder..

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Old 09-17-2011, 11:59 PM
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

Went back out to try it again, and put the key in the ignition and turned and got nothing.. couple dashboard lights lit up and that was it.. I take it with my minimal car knowledge that the battery is dead.. yeh?
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:04 AM
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

That would be my first bet yeah.

When I put my Jeep in fo it's MOT, the mechanic accidentally left the ignition on overnight and when I went to collect it in the morning, I had the exact same symptoms.

Jumped it (and it took a couple of attempts) and off she went
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:51 PM
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

Yep just sounds like a dead battery!
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:30 PM
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

Yeah, battery died recharged it this morning and working fine.. will probably be getting a new one soon though.
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

That the battery died can ofcourse be due to bad battery, but it can also be that some equipment is draining the charge or that the alternator is not properly charging the battery. Let both battery and alternator be checked out to be sure.
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

Do you know how old it is?
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

The humming/ticking noises was most likely relays not getting enough power to kick over and stay on.
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Re: URGENT HELP! Dashboard going crazy, weird clicking noise!

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That the battery died can ofcourse be due to bad battery, but it can also be that some equipment is draining the charge or that the alternator is not properly charging the battery. Let both battery and alternator be checked out to be sure.
I was playing music via my car for a while, and the battery ran low.. and I left the iPod charger plugged in and charging... I might have even left a/c on too.. just a noobie mistake :P
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