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Car will not start after cleaning corrosion off terminals

I have the same problem, i first notice some corrosion on my terminals and decides to clean them. After cleaning them and reinstalling the old battery, the car wouldnt start and no sign of power. The next day I went and bought a new battery and there was sign of power but the car didn't start. Went to autozone to get the old and new one check and both test good and they gave me back my old one. Put the old one back in and again no start, got the car jump and it start. HOORAY, no not really, decide to drive around the block, as soon as I turn the corner the car shut off. Then attempted to put the car in neutral to move it somewhere out of traffic, the shifter was stuck and could not move it into neutral. Then I jump started it again and again it start, let it run for about 20 mins and cut if off, thenr retried to restart, again No LUCk. Is it a battery problem only or could it be worst?

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  • billa2k1 Apr 19, 2009

    Ok, so I called a Tow Truck to tow it to the nearest Sears Auto Center and he jump started my car and told me to let it run for about 45 mins and take it for a drive after wards. Well just under 45 mins the car shut off again and I can get it to start back up.

  • billa2k1 Apr 19, 2009

    Can not get it to start back up?

  • billa2k1 Apr 20, 2009

    Oh no that doesn't sound cheap, if it were a altnator then would there be some early sign?. My car was working just fine before I decided to clean the terminals. The car was bought brand new in 2004 and only has 50K miles on it. I did not check the connections, because again my car is new and its also pouring rain out where I stay so I wasnt able to go out and do a good check

  • JIMMY SMITH May 11, 2010

    NO DOUBT YOU ARE LOSING BATTERY VOLTAGE SOUNDS LIKE POOR CONNECTION PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE CABLES AT THE END / POSSIBLY HOLD DOWN ALLOWING BATTERY TO SLIDE W DRIVING

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Connections are key. if you've checked all the connections and all are tight, even the grounds and the one going into the starter, your alternater just might be bad.

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  • justin_mccal Apr 20, 2009

    the way to check the alt. is when you get it started. hold a wrench to the back of it. if it pulls the wrench like a magnet, its good

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