I jump started my battery last wkend and my car worked fine. it died again so i tried jump starting it but it wouldnt turn on so i took my battery to auto zone to recharge. it didnt recharged at all so they said i needed a new battery. i bought a new one and replaced the old one. my car still wouldnt start. when i turn the key it tries to click but it doesnt turn over. i asked some friends and they said it might be the alternator or the starter and some said it might be the wiring. what do i do? i really need someone's opinion, please. i need to get my car working for work and especially this weather.
If all it does is click with a new battery it is not the alternator because all the alternator does is charge the battery i would take the starter or selinoid off if it isnt built in with the starter and have it tested the same as you did the battery
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You'll need to crawl under the car and check for power on the small terminal of the stater with the key in the crank position.
Knowing if you have power there will help to give you a direction to go in.
If you don't have a test light or a multi meter, you can jump the large wire at the starter to the small wi at the stater with the key in the off position. If the starter works than you'll need to focus on wiring. If the starter doesn't work replace it.
Sounds like your alternator is not working, if you can get the engine running and have access to a volt meter check the voltage on the battery terminals, With the engine running you should see in excess of 13V
Sounds exactly like my 1999 SL2 which had "burning and arching" in the fuse box. Car one day be fine the next I'd take it to the store, come back in 10 minutes and wouldn't start, no radio, no power windows, no keyless entry remote, no rear defrost and even locking doors from inside power buttons it sounded odd. This fixed the problem by replacing the fuse box.
Guessing there may be two issues. One might be "burning and arching" of the fuse box. My 1999 SL2 would periodically not even make a noise to turn over and that fixed that. It also had issues that some electrical components wouldn't work at the same time.