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When I got back after a month away, my 1998 Toyota Sienna…

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When I got back...

When I got back after a month away, my 1998 Toyota Sienna makes a rapid chattering sound but doesn't turn over. Lights and dash lights work.

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?

Dashboard lights come on. Which fuses?

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Sienna yourself? What have you tried so far?

Need to fix myself. Have friend to take me for parts, if needed. It won't jump start. Battery is OK. Tried spare key. Keys are plain, no chip. 'Taken it in and out of park.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Only that it's cold and raining here!!

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Toyota
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Toyota Mechanic: EricFromCT, Toyota Technician replied 8 months ago
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Toyota Mechanic: EricFromCT, Toyota Technician replied 8 months ago

What you have explained, really does sound like a weak battery. That or a poor connection is usually the only cause for rapid clicking hen trying to start the car. I would recommend checking the battery terminals for cleanliness and tightness. If you jump started off of another car, you may need to let the battery charge for a while. If you have a booster pack or an actual battery charger that would be your best bet. I would still recommend trying that first. You can do that and let me know.

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