Went to start my '03 Jetta this morning and it wouldn't turn over. When I go to turn the key it just makes a rapid clicking noise. All the power works. Checked the battery recently and it was fine.
Is there anything I can check myself before taking it into a shop?
Possible related problem - 2 months ago the car and all power completely shut off when I pulled up to a red light while driving. Luckily it turned right back on. The next day I took out the battery, got it checked (it was fine), and put it back in, tightening all the connections as best I could. Haven't had any problems until this morning...
Any help/insight is much appreciated
Is It manual or automatic? Possible starter or a bad cell in the battery. A battery can show good voltage but have a bad cell and when a load put on it, there is just not enought volts to turn the motor over. How old is the battery? Is a Interstate battery?
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Have a friend give you a jump start from his car.
Check those battery connections first.
Your starter is connected to the "Red"positive cable from your battery, give nice rap with a hammer handle, sometimes that will free a sticking spring inside.
Always wear good eye protection when working on any battery issue...
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