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Cars power completely shuts off when trying to start 1998 Malibu

Cars power completely shuts off when trying to start i jiggle the negative battery terminal to restore power. takes a few tries befoe car starts running.

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U better clean n inspec both terminals as wellas the other parts of elec. system-toonups etc r essential

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

Testimonial: "positive and negative terminals need to be changed. found white powdery stuff all over them. and the positive terminal was stained green"

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That sounds like a bad negative connection the terminal may be corroded,look for electrolysis(green white powdery substance on the terminal,best thig to do is replace it.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

Testimonial: "thanks im goig to try that.the car's power also shuts off while driving. Any thoughts on that?"

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    marcial adorno Sep 09, 2009

    that sounds like a bad negative connection the terminal may be corroded,look for electrolysis(green white powdery substance on the terminal,best thig to do is replace it.

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    marcial adorno Sep 09, 2009

    check the PCM relay,because if the battery had correded the terminals the relay may be bad,check the positve cable to the power distribution center too.

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