why wont my car start?

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Asked by Sep 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM about the 2005 Hyundai Accent GT Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I tried turning on my car but it wouldnt start, I turned on the lights of the car to see if it was the battery  but the lights lit up and the radio came on too, so whenever i turned the key to turn it on it made like a clacking sound and wouldnt turn on. Today I tried to turn it on and it sounded like it was going to start but it was very weak and didnt start, and i noticed i didnt hear the clacking sound today.

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Check the battery voltage or try jumping it. Heck, even try charging it overnight with an external charger. I recently had a battery go on me, where one of the cells directly shorted out. Everything would come on, headlights, stereo, etc. The moment I'd try to turn on the car I would hear a repeated clacking noise. Tried it again later, car was just dead. I also had to replace the alternator as well due to the shorted cell in the battery. Apparently it caused the alternator to overheat the night before and ruined it.

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