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If i drive for a while turn it off it wont start again

It has a battery about three months old , i changed the positive cable, it tries to start but sounds like a low battery but when i tried jumping it , it didnt make a diffrence.but it will start in the morning but after driving it for a while it wont start.

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  • tony_v78 Jun 26, 2009

    this problem progressed before i changed the cables an i double checked the new ones.



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Recheck where the cable attaches to the starter. Make sure the ground cable is off the battery before checking the positive lead.

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