The battery is fully charged and all other electrical works fine. There is no click sound when trying to start it. The dash lights have been taking up to 1/2 hour to come on. Is this part of the problem? The starter was working fine when I shut the car off last. Can someone help? Fran.
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More than likely the battery needs to be charged or replaced. If the battery is over five years old this is a strong possibility that it is bad. AAA will come to your location and test your battery, and charging system for free, if you are a member. They will also replace the battery at your location at a costs. I recommend that you become a member of AAA, as one towing, or service call more than pays for the annual membership fee.
Since work was recently done to the vehicle I would look to see if any connections were left unplugged or inadvertantly knocked loose. Make sure to check the battery terminals and cables to ensure tightness and a solid connection.
batteries will show 12 v and still not have enough amps to start the vehicle, clean all the connection points on the battery , and charge it fully, start the vehicle and check again for voltage at the battery posts, you should have a reading of 13.5 to 14.5 volts, if not, yes you have a alternator malfunction,