Question about 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1995 Cutlass Supreme
For two years now, sometimes when I attempt to start my car, there is no clicking sound or attempt for the starter to turn over and I routinely have to jiggle the gear selector or fasten my seat belts, try again.... bla bla bla... and it starts right up.
During the past three weeks, when I started the car, it has seemed to crank a little slower but I attributed it to colder weather. Then in mild weather, it cranked so slowly that it almost didn't start. I drove it around for a few minutes to see if it would charge and when I got back it turned over normally and started right up.
Two days later, I attempted to start it but it turned over really slowly and finally didn't turn over at all. Since then, any time I try to start it, the dash board lights come on but it does not turn over and my headlights dim all the way down.
I thought it was the battery. (Note: the battery cables [side screw] had no corrosion and were tight). Took the battery out and to a parts store where a lady put it on a comuterized tester. The directions right there on the machine said that it would give the results after 6 minutes, however the lady left it on there thirty mintues and told me the battery was good and it was now fully charged. (She was in a bad mood and I didn't want to question her).
I put it right back in my car; , but then ... the exact same thing. Didn't turn over or make a clicking noise but the dashboard lights come on and the headlights dim all the way down.
I am now starting to wonder about the battery test results.
What should I try next? Its in a parking garage in a difficult location, but should I try to see if I can get a car near enough to jump it off, or maybe even take the battery in for a second opinion? Or does it sound like something else like the starter going bad?
I would appreciate any insight.....Skip
Take the battery to the nearest AutoZone. if it tests good, your next step would be to change the battery cables (the cables can corrode on the inside, turning a green color) or the ignition switch could be the problem. with a 15 year old car time isn't on your side.
Posted on Feb 24, 2009
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