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Engine won't start. Dash lights flash rapidly when key turned.

Drove home from work like normal. Parked in garage. About an hour later went to start car. Wouldn't turn over, dash lights went dark. Turned ignition off and on, dash lights then flashed rapidly. Engine will not even turn over.
Tried disconnecting battery from car several times. Checked battery voltage (just hair under 12 volts, which is more than enough to start). Something is preventing the car from starting...and voltage seems to die off for car electronics with use (cannot turn headlights on, even with key). Strangely enough, battery has voltage.

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  • gabecanova Jul 22, 2009

    You were right, it was reading mid 11's this morning. When I turned the ignition to on, it dropped to a little over 9 volts, when I turned over the ignition it would drop to 5 volts (and not start).

    I jumped it with my wife's car and got the car running. At the battery it seemed to vary between 12.30 and 13.8 volts. It stayed mostly between 12.8 and 13.5 volts.

    Do you think this is because the battery is dead...or maybe my alternator is bad? After idling the car for about 15 minutes I shut it off. The car would not start. Looks like the battery is not holding a charge. I will hitch a ride to work today with my wife (we work near each other) and pick up a battery this evening. I am thinking I will have the alternator looked at by a shop. Seems even while running, if I turn the lights on they were sort of flickering (while staying on though).

  • michael Jan 03, 2012

    could be bad ground for battery

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The battery says 12 volts but may be dropping to 4 or 5 under a load...i would suggest jumpstarting the car and see what happens.the battery should read in the high 12 volts and not less than 9.5 under cranking. the dash lights go out on your car when starting,and the alarm will go off ,and disable the ignition if the voltage is too low in cranking the car because the computer will shut it down and activate the anti theft.....check your battery posts are tight. best of luck

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