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Car just stop running

I hit a pothole and my airbag light came on, I went to the gas station to get gas and when I went to start the car it was dead...everything worked , even had the alternator tested could it be the starter? I did notice the day before I had to turn the key all the way over to start it was that possibly a warning?

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  • proudmomma_8 Feb 10, 2009

    I did have the battery checked,even disconnected it and then reconnected and still nothing...the car wont start its a dead silence...the battery is brand new I have power on everything else Im having my starter tested but was wondering if it could be anything else?

  • proudmomma_8 Feb 10, 2009

    I have checked battery and I noticed on my guage the battery was close to dead...but it was just bought in november...could the battery just die like that with no cause?

  • proudmomma_8 Feb 10, 2009

    well no lights or anything were on to drain the battery...I tried starting the car in neutral and in park still nothing...

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Did you check the battery and the battery connections?

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The ignition switch sounds like it was going bad. If you're getting power to everything else(headlights, radio) then you're battery should be good.

If your starter was going bad, then typically the light would dim, because it would try to turn the starter over and it requires a lot of power to do that.

So check those and then you've narrowed your options. Try spraying some WD-40 in the switch and try to start it that way. Sometimes when those switch give out, you can still press really hard on them and it'll engage the start circuit.

Could have also knocked your neutral safety switch loose, that is, if it's an automatic. This is the switch that prevents you from starting the car while in drive. Try starting the car in park. If that doesn't work, start the car in neutral. If that doesn't work, turn the key and hold it while at the same time moving your shifter around the neutral area. If it starts to turn over, then it's a misaligned neutral safety switch.

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  • transit360 Feb 10, 2009

    If there is a drain on the battery i.e. trunk light on, interior light on, car alarm, etc, then yes, your battery could die that quickly. Take it out and charge it back up. The alternator won't be able to do that. However a battery charger will.

  • transit360 Feb 10, 2009

    Are all your interior light coming on? Do your headlights seem bright when you turn them on?

    If so, then your battery is prob OK.

    Could still be the ignition switch, or the starter like you said. They can take the starter off and have it tested, so that's good news. If it's bad, just replace it. If it's good, then that'll lead you to possibly being the ignition switch. Or perhaps the wires going to the starter have been damaged.

    Do you hear a kind of clicking sound when trying to start the car? If so, that may indicate that the connections to your battery are loose, so try tightening them.


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