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(ENGINE won't TURNOVER) Just a "click" then nothing...

Drove to a friend's. Had NO probs starting *at all*.
Tried starting my car, about two hours later and...
Turned the key, heard ONE click (not a "clunk") and nothing. Turned it off, checked my gears, clutch... all required for starting. and THAT time didn't hear ANYthing.
Realized my "key reminder" chimed the first time... but the second time? Nothing.
Checked/replaced the fuses it MIGHT be... no good.
A friend tried "jumping" my battery but again, nothing. (Wouldn't even start with our two cars connected.)
HELP! (I just replaced the ignition switch a few weeks ago... This is now [only] the SECOND thing that's EVER gone wrong w/ it. am I destined for one thing after another to "go" now?])

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  • Silver Cunningham Oct 03, 2009

    Oops! Sorry. Battery's *exactly* 3 yrs old, to the day.
    Can SOMEONE explain why car batteries don't give "warning signals" they're dying, like, say, a radio does?
    Over time, a (batt'y operated) radio's sound gets fainter, so you turn the volume up until... Ie, it's OBVIOUS the batts are dying.
    How can a car battery be fine, one minute & dead, the next? (I just don't get it!)

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The reason car batteries do that is because the battery only runs your accessories and starts the car. The alternator runs the vehicle and charges the battery once it is started. If the battery is failing the charge provided by the alternator runs your accessories and the leftovercharge is displaced into the dead battery.

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How old is your battery? 1st thing to check is connections at battery and starter. Make sure there is no corrosion, clean connections with fine sandpaper, make sure connections are tight. If dirty or loose connections exist, you won't be able to start or jump your car. If connections check out ok, pull the battery out and bring it to a parts store for a free check of it's condition. If it's bad, again, you may not be able to even jump start it. If battery charge is good, and condition ok, check your starter. You can also get a free check if you remove it and bring it to a parts store for testing.

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