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Car will not start. Headlights are bright and solenoid clicks away when trying to start.

2005 Pontiac G6, driving home all lights dimmed and lost power steering. Was able to drive rest of way home. now it won't start. Solenoid clicks and lights are normal when trying to start. Voltage across battery and alternator looks good. Possible cable or starter issues??

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STARTER problem

Posted on Dec 09, 2016

Testimonial: "Battery at 11.5v. Get nothing. Noticed battery light going on and off randomly yesterday before losing power steering. able to drive it home. Possibly alternator?"

  • Carlos Chiu
    Carlos Chiu Dec 09, 2016

    Found water level in battery to be low. could this have made my car lose power steering while driving due to possible low voltage? Now it wont start? Maybe low water level in battery is the problem?

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2016

    YES IT COULD fill it and run it for awhile

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