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2000 cavalier. dead battery. poss short.

Woke up this AM to a dead battery 2000 cavalier. When I went to jump start it the battery sparked as if the + and - were crossed. triple checked and the cables are attached correctly. Car was fine last night when I parked it. really dont know where to begin to look. I did notice that the fuse panel under the hood was missing the cover. Poss got wet in the rain??

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    Aaron Jul 26, 2013

    I pulled the old battery and jumped the car. Car started. I then attached the ground to the battery and checked it with a testing light. Can a battery " self short" ? It seems the short is the battery it'self. With the negative cable attached to the running vehicle I get the test light to light when touching the positive terminal "un attached " to the + side of the battery. Would that mean I just replace the battery? the vehicle would not run if the short were in the alt correct? Thank you in advance!!!

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Jumping a dead battery is a dangerous practice
You have to fully charge a dead battery before
putting it back in service
Have the battery tested
Get a fuse cover from a salvage yard

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

Testimonial: "Thank you Peter! I pulled the old battery and jumped the car. Car started. I then attached the ground to the battery and checked it with a testing light. Can a battery " self short" ? It seems the short is the battery it'self. With the negative cable attached to the running vehicle I get the test light to light when touching the positive terminal "un attached " to the + side of the battery. Would that mean I just replace the battery? the vehicle would not run if the short were in the alt correct? Thank you in advance!!! Jul 26, 2013"

  • Anonymous Jul 26, 2013

    Yes a battery can short internally,that is why they fail in most cases. You never start a vehclice with the cables disconnected,not in the last 30 years with all the electronics. All you did with the test light in series with the pos cable was light the bulb in the test light,you had the battery & possibly the alternator poviding enough voltage & current to light the test probe,that was not a test of any value. Yes the vehicle would start & run if the alternator just turned & did nothing,but you battery would not be getting charged after starting the vehicle. I would have the battery tested at the parts store if it is over 4 years old,then if you have issues & no 14 volts with the motor running have the alt tested

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