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Car starts, runs, turns off then sometimes wont start??

Replaced starter twice and still sometimes might not start then i have to boost it???? any ideas?

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My assumption since you replaced two starters, is that it is not the battery or charging system. I had a similiar problem with a bad ground from engine to negative battery/chassis.

I found that everytime the vehicle was boosted, it would get a good ground from the boosting vehicle (always clamped negative booster cable to engine) and start, then, on its own, it acted as if the starter was bad. The root cause was a flaky engine ground (the large battery cable connected to the engine block). Quick test to find out: clamp one end of a jumper cable onto a metal spot on the engine and the other onto the negative battery terminal (idea is to connect only the negative battery terminal to the engine---do not connect anything to positive). If this allows the vehicle to start, you better check the ground from the battery/chassis to the engine.

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How old is the battery? is it the origional? cause if you have to jump it then put a new battery in to solve the problem, most batterys say they are good for about 5 yrs to 8 yrs, depending, but if you jump it that brings life of the battery down... try putting a new battery in, and also check all around the vehicle, in the trunk look at the trunk light make sure it turns off when closed,all interior lights make sure they all shut off,check the glove box light to make sure it is shutting off ETC. cause even tho those are small bulbs if they stay on that will drain a battery quick over night... hope this helps.... GET the new battery that should fix your problem....

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