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When i try to crank the engine nothing happens no noise lights go out and battery drops down to 3 volts and slowly rises back but stops at 10 volts battery tsted with a load machine 3 times battery fine

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    i disconected the alternator still the same problem if it is not the battery because it is brand new from september 09 what else can cause a big drain in the system.


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Check battery cables for corrosion and that they are tight at both ends

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Have you tried to jump start? This way can clear a lot of confusions:
1- If a jump start doesn't crank then there is a problem with the solenoid starter. 2- If a jump start does crank the engine, then replace the battery even it passed a load test. 3- If a jump start battery also drop down like your battery then take out the alternator connection then re jump start. If it work then there is a serious shortage from your alternator. Good luck.

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If you put a volt meter on the battery and it reads 12 volts before you cranked the engine and it drops to 10 volts or less when you crank the engine, this indicates you have a bad cell in the battery and you should replace the battery because it is not holding the charge. The loud click sound coming from your starter is because you are not supplying enough voltage to energize it.

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Vehicle charging and starting systems

There is confusion when a car won't start because a starter can be shorting/binding and drawing too much current or have a discontinuity and not draw enough, or a battery can have too little current or have a discontinuity preventing it from providing enough. But it is possible to tell with just a simple voltmeter or even a test light.

First you check battery terminal for being clean and greased, belts tight, enough battery water, engine not binding, etc.

Then test the battery with the engine off, and expect 12.5 volts. If less, then charge it up or replace it.

Then when you try to crank the starter, it should drop to about 10 volts.
If it does nothing and stay above 12, then it could be the ignition switch, neutral/clutch safety switch. See if the current gets to the starter solenoid. If it is getting current or it clicks, the starter solenoid is not closing the current to the starter field windings. That could be because the solenoid is bad, or the field could be burned out and open. You could try to shunt the solenoid, but it is probably easiest to just get a new starter.

If the voltage drops down to 9 or less, then either the battery does not have enough reserve, or the starter is shorting/binding and drawing too much current. The way to tell is what happens when you stop trying to crank. If the battery really is bad, it will not come back up to 12 volts, at least not right away. But if it was the starter, then it should come back to 12 when you stop drawing on it. (But don't try to crank it too long.)

Finally, lets assume you do get it started, either with a new battery, charging the old one, replacing the starter, fixing switch, etc. Then when you rev the engine, it has to put out over 13.5, so that it can charge the battery. Over 14.5 would be bad because it would overheat the battery and dry it out. But with less then 13.5, even a new battery will not last more than a couple of days. But at idle speeds expect only 12.5 or so. If you don't have a voltmeter, you can see the headlight brighten slightly when reving up.

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Get a cigarette lighter voltage gauge and watch the voltage.

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Right after you start it, especially in the morning, the voltage should rise to 13.8 or 14.8 volts and then drop back down to 13.2 or 3 as you drive. If it doesn't you have a charging problem.

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Car won't start in mornings, it will barely turn over. Mechanic does not want to try & fix car.

I could be the oil is too thick for these cold temperatures. Or it could be the battery drains at night from a constant electrical leakage.

First you need to put the battery on a charger for a couple of hours.
With one terminal off, you should not get a bright light at a test light between the cable and battery post. If you do, then something is on all the time and you need to pull fuses and relays until it goes out.
If not, then you need to check the voltage across the battery, with a $3 meter from Harbor Freight when you crank it.
It should drop down to 10 volts.
If it drops below 9, then stop cranking.
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Something is running my new battery down while I am driving. After the car shut down it won't crank until I get a boost off

Jump starting is very hard on a car. Better to fix.
Charge the battery.
Put a voltmeter across the battery. (meter is $3 at Harbor Freight)
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When you try to crank it should drop to 10.
If it drops below that, starter or battery is bad.
If it comes back up to 12 when you stop, it is the starter.
If it does not come back up, the battery is bad.

Then when you rev the engine, it should go over 13.5.
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