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My 2003 FX35 won't start without a jump start. I would drive 40 miles home, turn off the motor to open the garage door, and the car won't start anymore without a jump start. Tested using a multimeter on the battery terminals and it showed 12 volts, turned the motor on and it showed over 14 volts. Both the battery and the alternator sounds good to me. I do notice the lights and panels dim when the car can't start. Any ideas?

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  • tom8729 Dec 16, 2008

    I was thinking the same thing but I'm no car wiz. Thanks a lot Jay from Ma! I will take the battery down to my local Kragen to check it out. I hope it's just the battery, I just bought this car a little over a month ago. What a way to start. =)

  • tom8729 Dec 16, 2008

    @fixallpaul Thanks a lot the community here is awesome. I only posted in the last hour and I have two reccomendations already. I will be sure to have the battery checked out first thing in the morning. Thanks again!

  • tom8729 Dec 17, 2008

    Thank guys! It was the battery it meassured 12v but 0A.

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    i have a metro that won't start without a jump. heat wont work and when you turn the lights on it sounds different. any thoughts??



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Yea replace the battery a volt meter wont tell u if the battery is good just the voltage.14 volt reading is with the car running i assume, this means the alternator is charging
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I think your battery is weak, where as it doesn't have the cranking amps when you first go to start it. What i would recommend is doing a load test on the battery to tell for sure if it is good or not. If you have an advance auto or auto zone near by, they offer that service for free, and if need be they will install your new battery for you.
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