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Car won't start except when charger hooked to red cable

This started all of a sudden. Went to start car, nothing but one click from solenoid. Attempted to start with charger/starter with the clips attached to the battery posts and got the same results. I attached the red clip directly to the positive cable bypassing the battery and it started right up. I checked the cables and found the black ground cable connector loose . I replace the connector with a new one. Attempted to start, nothing but one click. I attached the charger to the red cable and it started right up. I checked the voltage on the battery checked out good 12+ volts, I checked the voltage drop as the key was turned. voltage only dropped 1.5 volts and failed to start. I took the battery out and had it tested at the auto parts store. battery tested good with 84% charge. Auto parts employee suggested it is the starter. I disagree. In my opinion the starter would fail even if the battery was bypassed with the charger/starter. anyone have any Ideas? I am going to replace the other positive battery connector. I'll update after but I am doubtful this will be the fix.

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I would expect to find too much corrosion on the positive cable end.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

Testimonial: "I have removed and cleaned the pos. terminal connector, I plan to replace it even though I don't see any evidence of excess corrosion. I will also check the connection at the starter if possible without removing the stater. I am not convinced there is a problem with the starter as indicated by the auto parts employee. I really don't want to take it out and have it tested to find out there is nothing wrong with it."

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  • John Gallaway Jul 13, 2013

    Well, That was it either the connector or some hidden corrosion was the culprit.

  • John Gallaway Jul 13, 2013

    Well, That was it either the connector or some hidden corrosion was the culprit.

  • John Gallaway Jul 13, 2013

    Well, That was it either the connector or some hidden corrosion was the culprit. After replacing the connector all was just fine. the emplouee who happens to be the store manager was wrong again. I've never her say anything she knew what she was talking about.

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