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_Whitetigress's avatar

2007 Camry won't start what are main possibilities with this sound?

Asked by _Whitetigress (4372points) July 23rd, 2012

Headlights turn on, but I’m guessing it’s still a battery problem. Came home late last night and it drove fine, no weird sounds, smooth drive. Wife tried to start it right now and it was just followed with an extremely rapid clicking sound when key was turned. There was no check engine light prior to the car not starting.

Note* It fired up perfectly last night just like it normally does.

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jca's avatar

Loud clicking sound is usually the alternator.

blueknight73's avatar

It could be the battery connections are too corroded. If it isn’t that, i would say it’s the battery.

RocketGuy's avatar

Sounds like the relay clicking because not enough battery power. Maybe some light was left on last night. How old is the battery, 5 years? You might have to go to Costco to get a new one.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Dead battery. You left the dome light on.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Just gave her a jump start. Definitely a drained battery. Thanks all.

jerv's avatar

Sounds like a battery to me as well. If you replace that and it happens again in the near future, your alternator may be bad as well, so I would get the alternator tested as well since that’s free. I have rarely had a bad alternator not require a new battery, but either way, the battery needs some attention, if not replacement.

@RocketGuy I prefer Autozone. Decent price, but more amps. On a cold winter morning when 230 CCA won’t cut it, I am thankful I spent an extra $10 across the street for 650CCA. Starting up on the first try in three revs beats not starting after 30 seconds of “Rurr-ur-urr-rr… click!”

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