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January 28, 2209 It happened this morning at home, it would not say a thing, all of the lights come on and then go off...but it would not even try to start..I tried 3 times and then it just magically crunk I am at work and tried to leave at lunch and here we go cranking, no nothing. Could this be my starter or alternator....the battery is only 2 months old, my horn works too? January 29, 2009 ok, I took the car to Autozone yesterday and they check the battery, cables, and the alternator and everythig was good, he cleaned the battery up a bit and it worked fine until today at lunch....I went to the mailbox and the car cut off while I was driving, the gages went crazy jumping and then the car clicked right back on when I pressed the gas ...but now my radio will not come on? OMG is this electrical? Will the check engine light come on for something like this, because it has not yet? Autozone can check for codes if the check engine light is on??? HELP!! I do not want to catch on fire, I have a baby..

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  • sylvia2555 Feb 04, 2009

    We cleaned the posts and other wire that goes onto posts witha brush and cleaner...has not happened again...I just bought that battery from In Nov from Wal-Mart for almost 80.00..I can't believe that it would corrode that fast?

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    Craig Davies May 11, 2010

    This still sounds like a poor connection from the battery. Is the battery that you fitted have universal fittings? What i mean by this is, most batteries have round posts, however some batteries have removable round posts, that reveal square posts underneath. I have seen poor connections under these. I am almost sure the problem lies in a battery connection problem.

    Do you have a multimeter? Let me know if you have and i can run through a few very easy tests.



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I hope that you have your problem solved but it sounds more like a short than a poor connection. If I were you I would check or have a professional check the wiring. Anything that has electrical tape could be a possiblity. I had a similiar problem where two exposed wires would occasionally touch each other.
When they did the vehicle went Ka-poot! I hope this was helpful for somebody at least!


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