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Cadillac 2004 cts, wont start

Everything came on fine except it wouldn't start, battery light didn't even come on only engine light did. It clicked couple of times when I turned key. Then I tried to jump start it and it went totally dead, no clicking no nothing, couldn't even lock the car with the remote. Battery is almost 5 years old?

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  • maxzine20032 Dec 27, 2008

    I had radio playing without car started display battery is in auxiliary mode. Car clicks will not start voltage on battery was 10 now it seem 11.4 and its says voltage okay still will not start clicks.

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    I had a similar problem. 2004 CTS would not start...not even click. I took it to the dealership and they replaced the original battery. No problems for 10 days, go to garage one morning and it would not start, not even turn over or click. Then of course it locks your key in the iginition. Do I have a computer problem or do I need to reset my theft deterrent system?

  • Skulker1 Feb 12, 2009

    i have replaced the battery but, it still won't start

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I had a 2003 ctc that did the same thing, it wouldn't start or would make a clicking sound and about 1 mth after the problem started aND mechanics could not find a problem my car caught on fire and burned completely from something under the right side of the hood. i had just parked the car and got out, it happened really fast. the fire chief said the cause was unknown????

now i have a 2004 cts and i'm having the same problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! has anyone else had this happen???? please be cautious if your cts is doing this, during the fire my doors locked and had to be pried into by fire chief.

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My car just started to have this same exact problem. Worked fine, came back home from a trip and it won't start. Everything comes on but no fuel guage movement or click when try to start. I have 85,000 miles on the car. Seems to be a common trend. Anyone find or receive a fix from a dealership?

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The battery needs replacement. Also , the starter could have frozen up on your car. take off the starter, then remove from the car. get some jumper cables and connect from a good battery. Connect the negative cable to the housing as ground. then carefully hit the hot wire bolt of the starter with the positive cable. If the starter is OK, the starter should spin freely and kick up. Be careful when doing this. Also , be sure you mark the wiring so the starter can be replaced exactly as it came off. if it does not turn or turns slow and sluggish, the starter is your problem. replace with a good starter.

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SOURCE: no sound from radio / now car totally dead

Its you antenna module above your headliner. It controlls your remote for keyless entry as well as your am/fm reception via an amplifier. GM part number is 12233252 for updated and revised version around $100 bucks online.

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