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Why will 04 malibu not turn over when connected to new battery. will only start when connected to jumper cables while not connected to battery

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Inside of cable terminals need cleaning.thats the part you put on the batt term.....clean inside of both neg and pos. with a terminal brush or scrape w knife blade.the part that touches the term on the batt. try that.

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04 malibu will not turn over when connected to battery. new battery same results. however will turn over and start when pos. cable removed and connected to jumper cable.


is your security light on.. a locked padlock on dash???
when you disconnect the battery you "killed" the memory stored in computer like the key codes so car wont start..
need to take to dealer to reprogram computer.. also check your radio i'll bet it also not working... also your remotes

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My chevy 95 Tahoe has been parked for a while with no battery, now I put a new battery, it cranks but won't sta st?


I ran into a similar problem with a Cavalier, turns out that the on-board computer needs to have constant power. Even if the battery is very low or even dead, it still has to be connected. If the battery is removed it breaks the circuit and stops the command that lets the engine start. After the new battery was installed it would crank but not start, the dealership told me that I had to have it towed to them to have the comp reset, which would have cost around $150 total. Thankfully a mechanic friend of mine had a diagnostic machine and was able to reset it for me - cost me a case of beer. He then showed me a (not so simple) trick around this for the future. Once it is running again remember this. 1 Have the new battery and jumper cables ready, 2 Loosen the battery terminals on the dead battery but DON'T take them off. 3 Connect jumpers to the car battery cables and to the new battery, like you were jump starting from just the new battery. 4 Remove the terminal cables from the dead one in the car and remove dead battery (be careful not to let them come off the cables OR the good battery) it's OK if it disconnects briefly, but reconnect it A.S.A.P. 5 Put the new battery in and connect the terminals BEFORE removing jumper cables. Once they're on the terminals just take away the jumpers and tighten the nuts. That's how you change a battery without letting the car ever lose power. Hope that helps Jose. Good luck, safe driving. Grimm

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Without the jumper cables being connected, do you have 12 volts at the battery and the starter post ? How are the ground connections.

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have you disconnected the battery for more than 5 mins before the trouble started, if so you have to reset the idle value by disconnecting the negative battery cable, put a shop towel between the battery post and cable, run a jumper wire from the negative battery cable to the positive cable ,which is still connected, leave it on there for 5 mins, remove jumper wire, reconnect negative cable to battery, when you start it, turn the key to the on position, wait for some of the lights by the speedometer start to go off, then start it

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Not getting any power to my interior components but all the fuses are good under the hood. The engine cranks but wont start.


Have you checked the battery? How old is tge battery in the car? Do your headlights or ANYTHING work? What happens when you try to start the car - does it make any sounds (like a click click click noise?)or just nothing? Please post follow up. If you have a set of jumper cables you can at least check by hooking up the jumper cable to a running car - if your interior lighys, etc work with the vehicle on jumper cables and/or will start now you need to check tge battery

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Cars electrical system goes completly offline, nothing will illuminate or work until I disconnect the battery. When I turn the key to start the car everything shuts down again. Has anyone heard of this...


It sounds like a Body ground problem or a shorted Battery. Try using jumper cables and connect the NEG jumper cable to a body part on the Firewall. Then see if the lights and accessories work. You can leave the Battery cables in place. If the lights work, see if the car starts.

Dirty Battery cables can also cause this problem. So can a shorted Battery, though I would think a lightbulb would work with even a shorted Battery. Everytime you disconnect the Battery you are making a new connection when you reconnect the cables. The ends should be shiny not black.

You can eliminate the shorted Battery by disconnecting your Battery cables and use the jumper cables to bypass the Battery and use another vehicle to run yours via the jumper cables. They you will know if the Battery is shorted.

Autozone and Oreillys do free tests on Batteries and will scan your car for free if you can get it there.

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Went hunting came back and parked 04 dakota in yard went to start wont start, hooked jumper cables up to it and it started but as soon as i took it off it died. so i took the alternator in to have it...


Most likely:
1. The battery has a dead cell.
2. The battery terminals need to be cleaned. Remove both battery cables and clean cable clamps and battery terminals. May not need a boost.
3. The negative cable is loose where it is connected to engine ground. Or damaged, corroded, or otherwise not making a good connection.

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Starter problem i think


Sounds like a bad connection either battery or starter. Do the dash light's go out or dim when you turn the key to the starter possition if so check the battery cable conections for corrision. Check the cable coming from the battery to the starter for a loose or bad connection. Check the minus cable where it connects to the engine. As you are getting a click noise when you turn the key means that all other wiring is working as it should. If no loose connection and the battery is ok then you will need a starter. If you havent checked your battery get jumper cables and try to jump start it. If it starts with the jumper cables then all you need is a new battery to sort your problem.

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What type of replacement cables 2002 chevy malibu has new battery


yup...however, most likely the connections or the terminals.

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