have 2001 dodge dakota that started and ran fine. Failed to turn over and found it had a bad battery. Replaced and cleaned connections. Only get a click when I turn the key. What now?

Asked by Mar 22, 2015 at 08:21 PM about the Dodge Dakota

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

What should be checked next ?  I placed a jump starter on it, thinking that the new
battery might not be fully charged.  No help.

1 Answer

215

well, a couple things: first, just because the engine will not turn over, it does not mean the batter is dead. It could also be your starter, or more likely (from what it sounds), your cable connections. So, first, double check firm connections at the battery on both terminals, and then, check you have a good firm connection at the ends where the battery leads connect. Then, if all is well, double check you have a good battery (using your battery charger/tester). If you have a good battery, and all your connections are good, then you may have a bad solenoid on your starter. Before changing your starter, be sure your cables are good and they are not broken or corroded.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Dodge Dakota Questions

Dodge Dakota Experts

#1 Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown
Reputation 1,030
#2 banana
banana
Reputation 1,000
#3 Snidely
Snidely
Reputation 880
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 1500
443 Great Deals out of 11,343 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford F-150
2,316 Great Deals out of 210,527 listings starting at $1,499
Used Toyota Tacoma
508 Great Deals out of 39,604 listings starting at $2,900
Used Chevrolet Colorado
233 Great Deals out of 23,800 listings starting at $2,200
Used Ford Ranger
193 Great Deals out of 6,053 listings starting at $1,299
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
1,819 Great Deals out of 168,314 listings starting at $1,950
Used Nissan Frontier
344 Great Deals out of 27,184 listings starting at $2,400
Used Chevrolet S-10
11 Great Deals out of 1,359 listings starting at $1,595
Used GMC Sierra 1500
854 Great Deals out of 66,786 listings starting at $1,995
Used GMC Canyon
83 Great Deals out of 7,585 listings starting at $1,795
Used Dodge Durango
245 Great Deals out of 22,996 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tundra
517 Great Deals out of 33,556 listings starting at $3,400
Used Dodge Ram 2500
135 Great Deals out of 5,330 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac
51 Great Deals out of 1,872 listings starting at $2,200
Used Ram 1500
946 Great Deals out of 114,452 listings starting at $6,396