I'm trying to charge the battery on my 2002 Celica.
Here is some background:
- Battery is a bit old, around 3 years or so.
- Corrosion has been building on the battery to the point that it almost cannot get a jump due to damaging the terminal on the negative side.
- Car makes a ticking sound on startup. Ticks 4 times rapidly. Sometimes will also set off the horn alarm as well.
A few winters ago, it did the same thing. Turned out it just needed a good jump. However, now it seems that it cannot start period.
When I charge it, it will make a clicking sound that repeats a few times, then stops eventually. I've been told this could be the solenoid. However, it might also be the battery not putting enough juice to start the solenoid, as that was the case a few years ago when my car did this.
I've done some research and have determined it is one of two things: 1. A bad battery. Duh. 2. A bad solenoid. This would explain the tick tick tick at the startup.
It could also be the corrosion causing the battery to not charge fully needing a new terminal. However, might as well get a whole new battery if I'm getting a new terminal, yknow? If corrosion is building, then the battery is either dead or on its way out.
Anyways, based on the above, what would you suggest I do? I'm about to head to Auto Zone to get a new battery. Is there anything else you guys would look into to get a handle on the situation?