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I own a 2012 X 4wd. I’m not the most car savvy individual in the world. With that said here’s what I have going on.

All gauges read normal. Voltage on the battery is solid.
When attempting to turn the car over, I get a rapid clicking sound.
Then all the gauge needles twitch in their off positions for about 2-3 seconds.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Are the terminals nice and tight?
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Voltage on the battery is solid.
When attempting to turn the car over, I get a rapid clicking sound.
Then all the gauge needles twitch in their off positions for about 2-3 seconds.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
How old is the battery? How low does the voltage on the battery go when trying to start the car?

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If the engine is worm it might be crankshaft sensor.
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This exact issue is happening to me right now. I'm pretty sure it's a dead battery. On mine, I disconnected the various accessories, winch/radios/compressor/etc, and threw a battery charger on it for about an hour. The charger indicated that the battery was at 0% when I connected it. After about an hour it was at 30% and started right up.

So I've either developed an accessory drain overnight, or my 1 year old Optima Yellowtop just crapped out. I'm betting on the later.
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Im betting dead battery as well. You likely have enough voltage to power accessories but not enough cold cranking amps to turn over the engine.

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Take it to an auto parts store and get the battery load tested. If the battery is good make sure the connections are as well and take apart the positive battery terminal assembly, lots of places for corrosion to hide in there.
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I own a 2012 X 4wd. I’m not the most car savvy individual in the world. With that said here’s what I have going on.

All gauges read normal. Voltage on the battery is solid.
When attempting to turn the car over, I get a rapid clicking sound.
Then all the gauge needles twitch in their off positions for about 2-3 seconds.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Probably needs a new battery or the connection at the terminals is loose or corroded.

FWIW when my starter was going out I would get an intermittent single click and no start until eventually it refused to start at all unless you whacked the starter with something.

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I agree with the others, that sounds like it's either a bad battery or loose/corroded terminals.

To the person that suggested crank sensor - the engine would be turning over but not starting if that were the case, not just clicking.


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After leaving the battery charger on it overnight, it got to 100%. I left the accessories disconnected and drove to work. We'll see if it starts this afternoon.
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