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When i turn the ignition nothing will happen but when i hook it up to jumpers it wants to turn over ,as soon as i remove the jumpers there's no power

When i turn the ignition it wont make a sound unless it is hooked up by jumpers than the motor wants to turn over but wont, as soon as i take the jumpers off no power any ware?????

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  • phoule41 May 24, 2009

    wouldn't it start up with jumpers on ??

  • phoule41 May 24, 2009

    wouldn't it start up with jumpers on ??

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Battery is junk, buy a new one.

Posted on May 24, 2009

  • Chuck Bamforth May 24, 2009

    A bad battery can **** up all the juice. You could try disconnecting the battery and putting a charger on it for 24 hours, it might come back. If it does then you need to figure out why it went dead. There maybe something wrong with your belt and/ or alternator.

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