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Car will not start

My car was looked at Goodyear and they did tests on it, 'Check Battery, Cranking and Charging System', 'Wheel Balance and Computer Scan' and after they told me everything was fine. I had my car towed there after it would not start. The first time I jumped it, it worked. Then it did not work again and was completely dead. They said when my car arrived this morning by a tow truck (after trying to jump it for an hour) that it turned on fine. Once I picked up the car it started and my second time trying to turn it on it was completely dead. When I tried to jump it nothing happened, the lights didnt turn on and it was completely dead. The only thing that happened was when I opened and closed the door, the lights would turn on and then when I attempted to start it, it was completely dead again not even with the lights staying on. Does anyone have any idea what this could be since mechanics said nothing was even wrong?? I appreciate greatly any feedback,

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This may sound funny but I had the same problem on a Ford Escort once. After replacing the battery, solenoid, and alternator someone told me to check the positive battery cable by peeling back a little of the wire cover right behind the battery connector and see if it was copper colored or white/green. It was white. I replaced this $6 part after spending countless hours and $150 and it solved the problem.

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Sound like battery has dead cell shorted plate have battery charged load test see what happens.

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This doesn't sound good at all. if you couldn't jump start it within a few minutes, you should have stopped right there. maybe you were jumpping the car wrong, from doing so, you may have fried the computer, that rounds your entire engine. try installing a new battery, if any codes were stored in the computer, clear them out. some times just removing the battery cables for a few minutes will do this . sometimes not. try to start the engine. donot jump start, see if will start on its own. if not, seek professional help, keep blaming goodyear until you get results !!!!!!

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  • cristin Jan 12, 2013

    Thank you for your advice. When I was trying to jump start it I left it on for a few minutes to try to charge it up, and tried it again after taking them off for a few minutes and tried again. I will not try again though and will do what you suggested.

  • ken hane Jan 12, 2013

    when jump starting a vehicle, know the proper way, I'm not going to tell you how, find out yourself, so you learn the right way on your own, also, when blaming goodyear, donot admit to your jumpping the car, admit to nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cristin Jan 12, 2013

    I have actually jumped my previous car numerous times and it was never an issue. So it was put on correctly, I was just unaware that trying multiple times could cause damage like that. Thank you again I will not tell them that I did at all.

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And see if it starts.

Also check the connection at the starter, in case they had it disconnected during the repair.

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