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Rapid clicking. Wonít start

My fiat 500 is making a rapid clicking noise as I try to start it. It doesnít start. The dash lights up and says abs, low fuel, engine, battery. Iíve googled it and it seems to be the battery. It has been juddery the last few weeks almost like Itís ging yo cut out mid drive. Does it just need a new battery?
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Re: Rapid clicking. Wonít start

If it was fine and isn't now my best guess would be the battery, yes, has all the hallmarks of, depending on whether stop start, the battery will be cheap £50ish or about £100-120 if SS

How old car and or battery?

Eg non stop start https://www.batterymegastore.co.uk/varta-b36.html
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Dodgy Solenoid! (but most likely battery I agree).
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Dodgy Solenoid! (but most likely battery I agree).

Almost certainly insufficient battery power to properly latch the solenoid.
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2011. I donít think the battery has been changed since! So frustrating. Someoneís gonna come and help me out tomorrow
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Almost certainly insufficient battery power to properly latch the solenoid.
Just quoting the old dodgy advert from the 80's

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So changed the battery. The car kicks in, all good. But the stop start isnít working and the engine warning comes on 😫. Is this just because the battery has been changed?
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So changed the battery. The car kicks in, all good. But the stop start isnít working and the engine warning comes on 😫. Is this just because the battery has been changed?
Which light comes on? The EML engine warning light or generic triangle? I believe the SS system has to learn that a new battery has been fitted over time (others will advise better)
Can you take a picture of the dash light?
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So changed the battery. The car kicks in, all good. But the stop start isn’t working and the engine warning comes on ��. Is this just because the battery has been changed?
The battery hasn't been changed since brand new in 2011 and now you have a new battery?

If you had a dodgy battery and now a good one, why isn't the SS working?
Was it working when you had the dodgy battery since 2011 and now you have a new one and it's not?

I don't understand.

If your car is a SS car, it needs an expensive and special battery. Expect to pay over £100 for one.
A normal non-SS car would have a battery costing maybe £30.

Which battery have you bought, and did the SS work before?

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Well! Iíve been out in it today and mysteriously all the warning lights have gone and the stop start works again. So it just needed to re-learn! Iíve noticed a big difference today must of been dying for a while!! Yay happy 500 again.

Thank you everyone, getting me through the panic!
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Have you bought the correct battery? The SS one is much bigger. Take a photo, letís have a look.
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Have you bought the correct battery? The SS one is much bigger. Take a photo, letís have a look.
Price alone should say? I believe the SS is at least 60Ah
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Have you bought the correct battery? The SS one is much bigger. Take a photo, letís have a look.
Feel free to correct me, but if the S/S is now working, it can only be because the correct battery is fitted due to the various parameters involved in S/S operation?
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Feel free to correct me, but if the S/S is now working, it can only be because the correct battery is fitted due to the various parameters involved in S/S operation?

Even a non S/S battery may function as intended for a short while when it's new, but it likely won't be long before you start seeing S/S issues if you don't use the correct one.
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