I am female/ 69 yrs. and need to replace the dead battery/it won't take or keep a charge long enough to crank the car to get it to the service man. I cannot get past taking the bracket off. DO I need to take the air breather off too???? then what. It's like its in concrete. help
Called a service repairman, used my towing and labor coverage on my car insurance. I thought your web site offered a solution, not a plan. someone is always selling something aren't they? Had to replace the battery, I was just looking for an easy way, by asking the Experts. Guess no one really knew, otherwise they wouldn't be asking me how I did it!! You will have find out yourself, I can't tell you, I had to promise the serviceman :) Have a great day, hope your next questions are mucheasier than mine.
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The battery is charged up, but still remains suspect, because a failing battery cannot hold enough oomph to crank the motor, even after charging. So -
- failing battery, especially if 3 yrs old or more
- worn starter solenoid contacts
- failed starter solenoid coil
- dead spot in starter motor windings
- bad contact at either end of battery ground strap
There is a crude test. Turn on the headlights and try to crank the motor. If the lights dim down a lot, it is the battery at fault.
not sure what you said but. seems the battery is discharging,? 12.6v is fully charged, own a voltmeter? try a good loaned battery , does it start the car,? i think you meant? i can jumper cable start my car at any time. (off another running car) but after running my car, the battery discharges and it will not crank at all. right? this means ,the charging system on your car is bad. if the starter cranks great, then the engine is flooded or is in great need of a tune up (sparkplugs etc) if flooded try the super secret in the op guide, crank with throttle wide open , this magic trick cuts all fuel injection allowing the flooding to purge away, and eventual starting. my guess 2 is the car wont start, so you crank the battery flat you jumper start it and it runs. (luck) then day 2, same deal cranks ok but wont start.. ever tune up the engine?
Sounds like your battery is just too dead, has enough juice to light up the system for a minute but cranking drains it and if it wont charge then deff fried, you could try removing the battery and starting the car with cables to confirm the starter still works. If a bettery is too dead then when you are jumping it, it takes to much of the power just trying to get through the battery.
Sounds like you have a toasted battery or alternator. Have you performed a load test on the battery? Have you tried to charge the battery? First remove the battery and charge it externally from the vehicle. If the battery won't hold a charge, or won't hold a charge of 12 volts, replace it. Once you have the vehicle started, test the operation of the alternator. It should be putting out at least 13 volts back to the battery to keep it charged - if it is putting less than 13 volts or more than 16 volts, replace the alternator.
Does it crank well and all that but with no spark or is the battery just dead? If the battery is dead, it either won't charge while alternator is spinning or the alternator doesn't charge well enough to keep the battery charged well. If it jumps and runs indefinitely, battery is done. If it jumps and dies, alternator is done. If battery and alternator are fine, and you have no spark, you may need a new coil, new spark plug wires if they are worn out and too resistant, pick up coil inside of distributor, or you may have some other ignition system issue.
Most times when an alternator fails, it starts charging less and less till the car won't keep running or it won't start the next time. If the alternator hasn't failed, the battery needs replacing. If your battery is 5 or more years old this is a very good possibility. If your alternator failed and you have killed your battery many times before replace them both. Each time you drain a battery to dead you lose about 10% of its current capacity.
If the battery is fine and engine will not turn, starter may need replacing. Hope I helped.
sometimes you are just the unlucky soul that gets bum alternators or your battery in the truck has enough juce to crank it over but is almost dead and your alternator is burning up trying to charge a battery that wont accept a decent charge. plus clean the battery terminals