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Why won't a car even jump start but the lights dim and lots of clicks?

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Dim lights and lots of clicks is an indication of too low a charge on the battery. When jump-starting, allow the battery to be attached to the jumper cables for about 5 minutes before trying to crank the engine. If that fails, check for loose battery cables at the battery, ground, or starter. If all connections are good, then the battery is too far gone and must be replaced.


Note: You need to find out why the battery discharged - did you leave the lights on? is the alternator bad?.
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