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2006 chevropet malibu traction control light came on while

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2006 chevropet malibu traction control light came on while driving, car lerched and was parked on the side of the road. Vehicle was turned off and tried to start again but it wont start again. All interior lights turn off when turning the key, dash needles light up and something clicks really fast but it doesnt sound like a starter. Vehicle wont start. Battery isn't dead.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Tool Hut replied 1 year ago.

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Is the clicking sound coming through the speakers?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Let me try. Im on my way back to the vehicle.
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 1 year ago.

You stated that the battery is not dead. How are you sure?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The car has had zero probalems starting, no other weird issues, but while driving the tc light came on, the car hiccupped or had a stalling feeling, according to my wife, and then she found a place to park and turn it off. The vehicle hasnt cranked at all, it sounds like it wants to every coupLe of turns and just for a split second. All i get is very very fast clicking, like i said it doesnt sound like a starter. Vehicle was running fine, no previous battery issues, im going purely off of the performance of the battery and that the vehicle was operating fully to say that the battery isnt the issue.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It sounds like the clicking is coming from just behind the dash, in the middle somewhere, its not loud
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 1 year ago.

There is probably a relay clicking. I believe the battery has in fact went dead. Possibly a charging system fault. Your symptoms all sound like a charging system fault so that is the first thing I would check.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Had the battery tested, it needed replaced. I put a good, brand new, expensive battery in the car. Oh also, i had the alternator tested and it's good. Well i get everything assembled and i go to start the car, it starts to turn over but i can almost feel how fast the battery is losing power and everything stops, again with a low putched chirp.
I try again to start the cad and this time the power is even lower on the crank and i get another chirp and everything stops.
3rd try the battery is dead.These were quick tries, i wasn't on the ignition for more than 2 seconds each try.Please advise.
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 1 year ago.

Remove the belt and see if it will start. by the sounds of things you either need a starter or the engine is seized up