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Won't Turn Over

I own a 99 Maxima. Recently the car would turn over, but I could not get it to fire. I put the car in neutral and backed it out of the garage and put it back it park. Now the car will not turn over. The radio will not even turn on now. The battery is fine. I checked all of the fuses and they are all good. Any ideas? Joe Car started this morning. While driving, the battery light and brake light came on and stayed on. Then a few minutes later the Air Bag light and seatbelt light began to flash (seatbelt already engaged). The flashing stopped, then returned. After parking and turning the car off for a few hours, I tried to start it. It clicked but did not turn on. Battery is three years old, and has had some corrosion on the positive terminal. Windows are slow to roll up and down, radio display weak with no sound, digital clock week. Headlights were not left on over night.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Clean both terminals before going anywhere else with this



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This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck bendix gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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Get new battery even if it is good u nead new 1 by now an then u can really no its not that. if u get the car to run take off negitive from battery an if the car turns off it,s your alternator hope this helps u

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