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Won't start, no lights, nothing.

My 95 Lesabre was just at the mechanic last week to get a new brake line. When I picked it up it would not start the first time I put it in the ignition. I tried again a few seconds later and it was fine. I drove it to my driveway and now when I try to start it, it's dead. My mechanic is very reliable and trustworthy, so I have no idea what's going on. Not even my lights will turn on and my electric locks don't work either. My battery was replaced last August. Is this an ignition switch problem? How much will it cost to fix?

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  • tkpsky May 14, 2009

    I'll call them today when they open and see if they can fix it. Since I just took it to them, shouldn't they be responsible for the labor/cost?

  • tkpsky May 14, 2009

    I called my mechanic and he said to "Call me back in a hour," and he initially said that he would not have it towed at his expense since I was able to drive it home. What should I do?

  • tkpsky May 14, 2009

    My mechanic came out and looked at it and tried for a long long time to jump it. It didn't work. The battery is an Interstate battery from August and is definitely under warranty. I'm having another mechanic come out and look at replacing the battery and see if that works. Thanks for all your advice.

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If you need to do some testing yourself, first clean both battery terminals where they contact the battery post, Use a volt meter to check battery voltage (should have 12v or better) Terminals may just be dirty and I don't know anyone that removes a battery cable to change a brake line. Therefore the shop likely is coming with the attitude of the typical customer complaint that "you just fixed my tire and now the radio dosen't work" A good shop corrects the problem and lives with it as long as it's not something big. Others use this as a starting point for an argument (those guys usually don't last long).
Chances are its what I said in which case just roll with it...it's no ones fault.

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When a mechanic work on any car, and he know what he do, the first thing is to disconnect the battery terminal for savety.

He just forget to tighten the clamp on the terminal of the battery.
By turning the terminal on the pole with your hand you will find the lose one, just tighten the terminal so that you can't turn it by hand.
This should solve the problem.

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May I make a suggestion that this reliable and trustworthy mechanic, check out this fault? I'm not doubting the mechanics ability in any way, (Especially not after the high praise you gave!), but
perhaps an error was made in installation.

If not, perhaps this is the person to check out this fault.

Posted on May 14, 2009

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    joecoolvette May 14, 2009

    If the problem was caused by them, YOU BETCHA!

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    joecoolvette May 14, 2009

    Thundergod has made a very valid point, in my opinion. My reasoning stemmed from, this was a trusted mechanic, and it sounded like this mechanic had a history with your car, and you. I thought perhaps this mechanic would make suggestions, and/or, take a look at it where it sat. I realize now, that there was a definite fallacy in my reasoning, as this usually only occurs in smaller towns.
    (Mechanic: I'll drop by after work, to see if it's a small problem that may be from my repair, or is due to something else that is wrong with your car. Since you're a repeat customer, I value your business. Also want to assure you that my repair was done right, and want your word of mouth advertising, to increase my business)

    I don't know how mechanically inclined you are, but as already stated by Thundergod, there is a relative easy test you can do.

    Batteries contain sulfuric acid, and develop hydrogen gas. This makes it so when working on them, it's best to don safety equipment, and do the job in a specific order.

    1.I would don some dishwashing gloves, or some sort of fairly tight fitting rubber gloves. Batteries leak acid. Generally, the amount you get from working with the battery, is not that much. Not so much that it will start eating the skin of your hands, right away. However, if you accidentally wipe your eyes, face, arms, what have you, the acid will burn them. Bear this in mind even with gloves on. Always Assume, there is battery acid on your fingers and hands. (And gloves) When finished working on the battery, peel the gloves off, wash your hands outside with the outside hydrant, and soap and water. Repeat two times. Rinse your hands, and arms very well. If any of the acid is accidentally brushed on your clothes, you'll know it later when you wash them. There will be holes!

    2.ALWAYS disconnect the Negative battery terminal first! Usually this is a thick Black wire that goes to the Negative terminal. When observing the battery terminals, you will note that the smaller battery terminal is the Negative terminal, if you have a Top Post battery. (The battery terminal is also referred to as the Post)
    Side post batteries have a + sign for Positive, and a -> - sign for Negative, near the side post on the battery.

    When reconnecting the battery, it's ALWAYS the Positive post first, Negative post last!

    3.With the battery terminals removed, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water, to clean them. Just -> Slowly pour the mixture on the terminals. DO NOT pour this mixture on the battery!
    Where the posts come out of the battery are seals. These seals leak, and will also absorb the baking soda/water mixture.
    The baking soda/water mixture neutralizes the battery acid. If it gets inside the battery, the battery is dead!

    4.If available, you can use a clean rag dipped in the mixture, and wipe the battery posts off. The rag should be soaked, then rung out until it's just damp.

    5.When reattaching the battery terminals to the battery, make sure the contact areas of the terminals, and the posts are clean. You want a good contact. Make sure the terminals are tight, but Do Not overtighten! This is easily done with a side post battery. If you overtighten, you will strip the threads out of the battery! The side posts are made of lead, and easily stripped.

    6.If none of this does you any good, then the battery needs replacing, or you have bad battery cables.
    (Isn't mechanics fun(?) ?)


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