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Battery dies when wheel is cranked all the way to one side?

I went to run a couple of errands. I came out from an errand and the battery was completely dead. I was able to jump it and it seemed to run fine until I noticed that it started acting glitchy when I turned the wheel harder to either side. When I got home, I had to crank the wheel to one side and the car started beeping and then died again. The dome light will come on and a few other lights, but there isn't enough to start it. What could be causing this??

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Might be a weak battery.

Check the battery 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 that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid or starting relay, whichever the car uses.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 03, 2015

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It sounds like you may need an alternator it may not be charging the battery. If the battery has never bin change you should replace it. It may have gotten weak and can not hold a charge.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014

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Sounds like your battery is on the way out. Have a load test done on battery & voltage check on alternator. If all works well once it starts, I'd bet on the battery, but load test will confirm, which they will do for free usually if your buying the battery from them.

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SOURCE: 2005 Pontiac sunfire wont start,

I have the exact same problem, including shimmying and car dying. I can add this: NO CHECK ENGINE CODES FOUND! The car would not restart, but after resting for about 20 minutes would fire, sputter, and die. The last time this happened it was an ignition control module, which are known to go around 110,000 mark, and they usually take the coil pack with them. However, this time I suspect the fuel pump for a myriad of reasons. Mostly, because the car is 130k miles in, and this is the kind of thing that goes around that time.

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