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Car will not stay on after I JUMP START

Car will not start after cleaning corrosion off...
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posted by billa2k1 on Apr 19, 2009

i first notice some bad corrosion on my positive 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( drove it around the block) and cut if off, then retried to restart, again No LUCk. Is it a battery problem only or could it be worst?
Comment posted on Apr 19, 2009

Ok, so I called a Tow Truck to tow it to the nearest Sears Auto Center to get a new battery, he check out the battery and notice the eye was still green meaning that the battery is still good 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 cant get it to start back up.

Could the possibly be the alternator? I do hope not. The car is a 2004 Camry

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  • billa2k1 Apr 20, 2009

    that is correct

  • billa2k1 Apr 20, 2009

    ok great, i will go get a new battery and let you know what happens, thanks again everyone for all you help

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    In a Toyota a defective battery will cause this.

  • ablewiscd May 11, 2010

    When you are diving the car and it shuts off then you try to start it again i assume the car turns over or CRANKS like it is trying to start it just doesnt start and stay running correct?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    try the live chat option of Fixya

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Just try to keep the gas and drive for at leat 15 min HWY if possible. Yes, it will turn off if you let go the gas, but it will restart and stay on as long as you press on gas. Just keep on driving and the computer will readjust the emission inputs and will get back to normal.

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