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Re: Car won't always start...turns over and everything...
Sounds like a main relay problem it is located left of the steering column under the dash it has i think a gray box it has a red connector i believe it has 4 or 5 wire going to itthe insides can come out without unbolting it from the bracket
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I would start by checking main fuses under the hood. water could have cause a short also check battery cables to see if they are heavy enough to carry the amp load needed to start the car. factory cables are not heavy enough after a few years.
I would go to the positive terminal on the battery anjd check for black hard build up on the post and inside the terminal. This is lead sulphate and cause a high resistance to any high current flow. Clean both with sand paper until shiny and refit and tension properly. Do the negative also as it will have build up but to a lesser degree. If the battery lead runs through a connection box Check for tight connections there also. As to towing most towers have a wheel rack that fits under the tyres and lifts them clear of the road so it can be taken to to a shop.
Try this to see if you can find the drain: Wait until the car has been off for a half hour, so computer is in sleep mode. Open hood and remove underhood light bulb. Take off negative cable from battery and hook up a test light between cable end and battery post. If you have a drain, bulb should be brightly lit. Start removing fuses one by one until light goes off. When a fuse is pulled that turns light off, that is the problem circuit. Check everything on that circuit to find what is staying on.
Dead cell in the battery would prevent it from charging fully
Bad or worn drive belt would slip, preventing the alternator from fully charging the battery
If the car will run at idle with all accessories turned on, the alternator is good and you should concentrate on the battery and battery cables. If the car won't idle, then the drive belt and/or alternator could be the issue. If the car starts everytime when it's cold and only gives you a problem starting when the engine is hot, the starter could be the issue. A bad starter will often work when it's cold (after sitting a few hours or overnight). When a bad starter gets hot, it takes more and more power to get it to turn over. Overall, I'd have the electrical system checked out. Most chain auto parts stores (Autozone, Advance Auto) will do a complimentary electrical test for you.
Hi, first thing you need to find out is if its a starter issue or power issue. Turn lights on and radio and anything else that is electrical in your car. Does everything stay on and bright? Does the car start clicking after a short time? If everything is good and your headlights are bright as they usually are, then you have a starter problem, maybe a connection problem from the battery or maybe it just went out(usually starters don't just go out without any warning) If the lights are dim or the car starts clicking after a few minutes having everything on you probably have a power issue. It's either alternator or battery. To test this get a jump start from somebody, when you get it started turn lights on and let run for a min. If it doesnt die shortly after that, disconnect the power side of the battery, if the vehicle continues to run then you have a bad battery if the vehicle dies it would be a bad alternator. Hope I could be of some assistance to you.
Several things. Take the car to Autozone or Oreillys for a free scan. Before you go, check the starter and starter cables under the car. Have them check starter draw. Have them check the battery and alternator.
It sounds like the alternator is not quite filtering out the electric pulses it creates when working. The starter can ground out but usually not after you are moving.
If the gauges do not indicate anything, do a wiggle test to see if you can find the short.