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2008 Chevy Equinox would not start, turn key and nothing happened, replaced battery, ran just fine for a week. Tried to start one week later it acted like it wanted to start but wouldn't. Had ju

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Usually a sign of something draining the battery.
The machine test probably showed the battery could hold a charge and the alternator was charging the battery.
You may need to have someone check for a power drain.
When the key switch is off, there may be a weak short to ground or a relay or component that is using power.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013

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    amyjblair23 Jan 22, 2013

    wondering if just a silly coincidence, the rear wiper quit working 6-9 months ago and right before it wouldn't start and battery replaced, I tried to use it and now it's stuck in the up position, cannot budge the darn thing, could this possibly be something that would drain the power?

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    Stephen Jan 22, 2013

    Yes it is possible. There may be a circuit in the wiper motor that returns it to the park position like front wiper motors have. You could unplug the motor or pull that fuse and see if the battery drain goes away.

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    amyjblair23 Jan 22, 2013

    we pulled the fuse lil while ago, jumped the car and let run for lil while, turned off, been off now for 3 or so hours, getting ready to go try to start. Will post to let you know if this worked.

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    Stephen Jan 22, 2013

    I would recommend you check the battery voltage with a meter. Might be tough to know if you ran it long enough, and how long it might take to run down. If battery voltage is not the same overnight you have a drain.

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    amyjblair23 Jan 22, 2013

    it started just fine, but will try again in the morning after it's set all night

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Ignition relay or fuse could be the problem. When you turn the key to start do you hear a fuel pump kicking on and or do you have spark when you hot wire the starter (I know it's hard to check while trying to start it)? You can email me back and I might be able to pinpoint it more.

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