Question about Cars & Trucks
My car will start the first time in the day. As soon as I go anywhere, no matter how far, it won't restart and the battery acts like it is dead. The clock re-sets to 12:00, the radio stations re-set and it acts like it has no charge. It will jump easily and there is no visible dimming or brightening of the lights and when I park it overnight it starts easily in the morning with no jump. What am I looking at?
Possible bad battery or cable connection. Remove both terminals , negative 1st, clean any corrosion with a wire bristle brush, reconnect (positive 1st) and recheck.
Posted on Dec 30, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: dead batery
You may have just simply had an issue with the alternator. Sometimes these can become stuck or not put out enough power to re-charge the battery, and this is why your battery was going flat. However a bad earth, open circuit or other similar electronic fault could cause your battery to drain and go flat. In addition to this, if your battery was to develop sulphur crystals (white solid crystal like things appearing from inside the battery) then this can cause your problem.
Each and every way you look at this, the main thing here is that your battery was not providing enough power to your ignition system and was either totally chargeless or about "flat" at time of need. So changing the battery was sensible (no point staring at something as interesting / annoying as a flat battery)
Might also be a good idea to perform a routine service on components in order to prevent any further mishaps. So changing things like your oil, filters, HT/ LT leads and spark/ glow plugs will all be of benefit. Also might want to take a look at that alternator, and even possibly the ignition coil. While about all of this, a simple visual inspection of your drivebelt and timing belt/ cam belt will possibly prevent something fatal from happening to your engine (if a timing belt breaks while engine is in service, then you will find that you will be replacing costly components if the whole thing is not KAPUT).
I hope that all of this has been useful and that the further advice will keep your vehicle in tip top condition.
Posted on Jul 07, 2008
SOURCE: 2001 Saturn SC2 Electrical issue
I had the same problem in a 1997 SC2. Turns out that finicky/broken door lock/unlock switches were causing an intermittent short.
I removed the 20A fuses to these locks in the switch panel under the radio. Problem fixed.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Some German cars have anti-theft device inside to make it useless to steal...check at the dealership to see if jumping the battery will activate this(the car thinks its being stolen) .
Posted on Apr 29, 2009
It may be the battery,battery connections or a drain on the battery.
If the battery is over 5 years replace it anyway.
If you want to check for a external drain disconnect the battery over night.If it could start the vehicle before disconnecting and can not when reconnected it is the battery that needs replacing.
All this assumes the charging system has been checked and the alternator is charging the battery.
Posted on Nov 10, 2009
I would bet money you have a loose connection at the battery or the ground wire from the battery at the part connected to the engine. Check your battery terminals for starters. You lost all power at one point because your radio had to be reset and the ground would be the most common place to look. I hope this helps and good luck.
Posted on May 31, 2011
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