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Old 07-14-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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Ok. So I was at work and my car just died after like 10 minutes of me just listening to my radio. So we jumped it and I let it run. Turned it off and nothing. Jumped it again and brought it home. Nothing the next day. Jumped it brought it to mechanic. He charged battery and checked the charging system and it was all good. So I took it home and when I went to start it it died again. So he said to replace the battery and I did. Won't start. Any ideas?
I thought alternator but that's not it. Starter or ignition??
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Did u get a brand new battery?
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:20 PM   #3
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Yeah. It could be the connection so I'm checking if all the cables are tight but I still dunno
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Hmm thats weird if u replaced the battery. Maybe fuses.
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Since you're able to run the car fine after jumping it, I doubt the alternator is the problem. When starting the car, do you hear the starter trying to start the engine, or is it just a single click and nothing else? If it's the latter then it's the battery. Since your mechanic gave you a new battery and checked your charging system, the problem might be the connections to and from the battery. Check to make sure all the wires are on snug, and make sure the battery terminals are clean.

I'll try to think of what else could be the problem, but someone else might be able to chime in with other suggestions.
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I cleaned the battery connectors. And i'm trying to follow the cables to see where they lead to check them and can't find it. I also can't get the car up high enough to get under it right now.
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Since you're able to run the car fine after jumping it, I doubt the alternator is the problem. When starting the car, do you hear the starter trying to start the engine, or is it just a single click and nothing else? If it's the latter then it's the battery. Since your mechanic gave you a new battery and checked your charging system, the problem might be the connections to and from the battery. Check to make sure all the wires are on snug, and make sure the battery terminals are clean.

I'll try to think of what else could be the problem, but someone else might be able to chime in with other suggestions.
And yeah at first all I heard was a click. Now I get absolutely nothing
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Fuses check them and tighten the connection on the battery
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Fuses check them and tighten the connection on the battery
As tight as it gets. And which fuse would be starter? Or do I check them all?
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As tight as it gets. And which fuse would be starter? Or do I check them all?
Check em all.
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Check em all.
Pull em and look right? And in the engine and under the dash? Both sets?
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I would mainly just check under hood. That where all ur starter and main fuses are.
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I use to have a diagram for ur fuses but i cant find it.
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I would mainly just check under hood. That where all ur starter and main fuses are.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:46 PM   #15
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Well a fuse wouldn't just start working if I charge the battery then randomly stop. If I jump it it runs so I doubt it a fuse
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Yes it can be a fuse doing it. It can make the alternator not charge ur battery.
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Yes it can be a fuse doing it. It can make the alternator not charge ur battery.
But if I jumped it that wouldn't affect it really. It get no juice at all
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Got it. Off the positive cable it splits to two wires. One to fuses one to everything else. They were loose. Not the connector but it's wires. Tightened it and boom starts
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So the wire to the fuse box was loose?
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So the wire to the fuse box was loose?
Exactly. Actually where that wire met with the other one it was. But yes
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Glad you got it figured out.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:19 PM   #22
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Ya thanks to my dad on that one
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Ya thanks to my dad on that one
I was close. Lol. I told u to check fuses so u found the loose connection.
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I was close. Lol. I told u to check fuses so u found the loose connection.
I didn't find it lol. I was clueless. Electronics and wires kill me
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Oh ok well ur dad found it lol. Wires an connections isnt that hard i play with wires all the time i love installing radios and stuff.
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Oh ok well ur dad found it lol. Wires an connections isnt that hard i play with wires all the time i love installing radios and stuff.
Radios I can do. But they aren't too hard. Idk batteries and ignition seem harder
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