I had an older Nissan that had a small relay in the engine compartment
do that. However, it would only click once rather than a repititious
clicking that this does. That would be great if its just a relay. I
assume there is a relay/fuse box under the hood?
Had simil;ar problem with daughter's 2000 Focus.
Problem was the battery. Put new one in all OK.
Don't believe battery OK just because lights etc work.
The starter motor takes a huge amount of current to turn engine over
compared to what lights take.
The clicking noise is the starter motor solenoid cutting in to start
with then dropping out as the voltage drops due to the very large load
placed on the battery as the starter motor tries to operate. If the
key is held in the start position this continues until you move the
key away from the start position.
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