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Jump starting, not working

It's been cold, so we weren't surprise when it wouldn't start today. however,when it wouldn't turn over at all we tried jump starting it. When we hooked up the battery to another car it didn't effect the RPM on the good car... and the starter still wouldn't turn over. We're hoping it's just a faulty battery but if any one has any suggestions of other things to try it would be appreciated.

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  • andsauter Jan 05, 2009

    my 05 sti has the same problem. iv had to jump if not driven for about 4 days but now it wont even jump start

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The fact that you felt like the "jumping" car was unaffected by the "dead" car is a good clue to begin with. Either you have badly corroded or faulty/inadequate battery connection(s) on your legacy, or a dead cell that's rendered your battery useless. Of course, the chance exists that your starter needs attention, but this is the time of year when electrical connections that worked well in warmer weather begin to show their true condition; as do storage devices (batteries.) You said yourself that y'all were not surprised at the no-start condition.

Start by removing both positive and negative terminals from battery. Thoroughly clean the terminal surfaces that contact the battery posts with Baking soda and water, and lightly scour with a wire brush. Brush and clean the battery posts likewise. I've seen countless folks take a look at battery connections, and seeing the cables in place, declare it to be "all good!" You can't possibly see the two surfaces losing touch with one another by looking for exterior corrosion. It just happens over time to all cars. Some terminals look nastier than others, but cleaning and putting these points of contact back in top shape makes a huge difference in power delivery, & charging capacity (read: life span) for the heart of the electrical system: the battery. I would start with the basics and get your power source and its connections checked thoroughly.

If you have no battery charger or testing equipment, or the battery won't take a charge: Take it to a shop or parts house for battery testing. I've seen people try and try to jump start a car without success; until someone makes a GOOD CONNECTION with either the jumper cables, a ground not on the battery, or a cable on the car itself. Let me know how it turns out. If your battery and connex turn out to be in perfect shape, I'll be glad to give you an easy test for the starter motor.

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Tater Todd

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