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It starts when i boost it but if i turn it off for a couple of hours it wont start

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I agree with the previous poster but I wold additionally check the charge voltage while the engine is running; you may have a bad alternator which would produce the same symptoms.
While you are at the auto parts store, check whether the Chinese multimeters are still offered for under $20 US. If not, Radio Shack has similar instruments for around the same price. If you are lucky and have a Harbor Freight tool store, I have bought them there several times for $3-$5. Any of those are good enough for home use and come with simple instructions in mostly readable Chinglish.

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Sounds like you have a bad battery. go to auto zone, they will test it for free and install a new one for you.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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