I went into the store for five minutes. When I came out the car sounded like the battery was wearing down. I let it sit a few minutes and when I turned the key again there was no sound whatsoever. A few hours later it started. The next day it started right up. A few hours later I turned the key and no sound again. I had the battery tested and it was shot. I had a new one installed and even though the lights, radio etc worked, the car was dead and did not make a sound. What could the problem be?
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Sounds like a bad battery. A number of chain auto parts stores will check it and your charging system free. Before that, if your battery has removable caps, check the water level, if it's down, fill to the bottom of the fill rings and charge the battery, if you have a battery hydrometer, all the cells should have about the same charge level, if one or more show a lot lower than the others, battery is probably bad. Hope this helps.
sounds like a battery terminal ,or earth connection from battery to chassis ,or where the power is picked up from which is the starter motor terminal ,sorry i am not very explicit but i live in spain and not may buicks to the euro here,But if i got my greasy hands under the bonnet i could no doubt find the problem
I would start, since it is cold outside by checking to make sure the battery is in good shape. If it is not, it will run but when the cold comes it will eventually not turn over. Note: Turning on the lights to see if they are bright is not a good check for the batteries abilty to crank the car. If you have a Checker or Autozone or other auto parts store see if they can test your battery for you.
With the sudden stop starting I would also suspect possibly the fuel pump or the pump relay.
Check the connections at your battery. If they are OK, suspect your alternator.
If you live fairly close to a good parts store, (call them first and see if they will test your battery and alternator), have someone jump your car.
Note: Don't just start the car. Let your friend have his/her car sit running for at least a half an hour, If the car runs good after this, you can really suspect that the alternator is bad. Drive it to the store and have them do the test.
Remember to check your connections first because if you have a lot of corrosion on the terminal, a good alternator may not be able to charge your battery.