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Vehicle won't start and battery seems to be fully charged as all electronics and lights inside and out of vehicle work. Addiionally, battery was checked last week and tested 496 of 500 cold cranking amps.

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Have someone tap the starter with a hammer while you simultaneously try to start it. Have Emergency Brake on and all that safe stuff.

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I have a fully charged battery but nothing comes on. Jiggle the cables and the panel board will light up, but when you try and crank it it clicks and then everything goes dead.


Hi Donnie, It sems to me that you may have a short in the starting system of your vehicle.I would start with finding your ground lead from the battey and make sure that its makeing a solid connection to the frame as well as the battery.I would also do the same to the positive lead to the starter motor and see if you get anything.

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May 27, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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We just replaced battery and cleaned any corrosion on connections and the battery light has came back on less than 24 hrs. Later. Any suggestions?


Was the battery fully charged Casey? Have you used the vehicle since and long enough journeys to charge the battery past what was used to start the vehicle?

Battery light also indicates that the alternator may not be charging the battery.

Jul 18, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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My s type 3 liter v6 petrol engine jag does not get driven very frequently,so battery seems to discharge very quickly,fires up fine on a jump start,but then dies after 20 seconds .can you put me rite.


Before jumping the battery, check it with a meter to see what voltage it is. For 12v batteries a fully charged battery should be 12.7 volts. Anything less that that will decrease it's starting capacity and likely cause it to develop a self destructive process if allowed to get below 12.4 volts. The more advanced a car is the more it seems to have parasitic loads that consume battery when the vehicle is supposedly turned off (car alarms, remote key-less entry and so on).

If you are going to leave any vehicle unused for any period of time that causes the voltage to fall below the 12.4 - 12.5 volt range you should do one of two things, either disconnect the battery (unless you need the car alarm) or put it on a battery maintainer (trickle charger).

Once the vehicle is running, make sure the alternator charging voltage measured at them battery terminals is in the upper 13 volt range, or you have a charging issue and only a new battery will be able to sustain the engine under that condition for any length of time. Vehicles with electronic controls require a battery voltage of a certain voltage or it will shut down.

If it isn't a battery issue, then you have a bigger problem I can't resolve for you. Before I forget, every attempt at starting ANY auto engine is going to require the car charging system to run several minutes to replenish what was used to for each attempt, my guess is about 10 - 15 minutes depending on the air temperature.

Jan 23, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Battery will not charge


  1. Sounds like an alternator associated primary fault (not charging) or wiring short circuit.
  2. Battery should have been disconnected for independent charging otherwise damage will occur.
  3. Smell indicates short-circuit or overheating and damage.
  4. Secondary problem likely in starting circuit as well if point 2 not followed.
  5. Fully qualified local Auto Electrician is recommended because of symptoms and high probability of fire risk.

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No light can come up including ignation key


check vehicle battery connections for obvious corrosion. If none is present, use another vehicle and battery jumper cables-properly hooked up, and with 2nd vehicle idling, try cranking Toyota. If not immediately starting, give it a few minutes to charge toyota battery, and then try again. A fully drained battery will require several minutes charge from second vehicles charging system to sufficiently charge drained battery.

Sep 22, 2013 | 2000 Toyota Sienna

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98 taurus with a battery-dying overnite problem


Electronic flasher unit ! The 40 amp fuse supply's B+ voltage to the inside the vehicle fuse box .

Mar 14, 2017 | 1998 Ford Taurus

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My Perodua Kelisa won't turn over.


Check the battery voltage. It should be around 12.5 volts. Much below that and it might be an issue with the battery.
Another rule of thumb method to check the battery is by turning on the vehicle's lights and starting. If the lights dim considerably when starting, then the battery is likely in poor condition and may need replacement.

Nov 05, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Have not had any problems with vehicle. Went out to start it tonight and it would not start. Sounds like engine is trying to turn over, but it won't. Light comes on indicating "service emission


Does the engine turn over fast or is it sluggish? Headlights bright or dim? If engine turns over sluggish and headlights are dim, I'd suspect a defective/discharged battery or possibly a charging problem causing the battery problem. Start by making sure the battery cable terminals at the battery posts are clean and tight.

Put a voltmeter across the battery posts with the engine off, you should measure 12.8 volts if the battery is fully charged. Less voltage and the battery is not fully charged. When you try to start the engine, the battery voltage will drop momentarily when the starter is engaged. I would not be surprised to see the voltage to drop to 8-9 volts when the starter is engaged and the engine turning over. If it drops to a lower voltage, I would suspect a battery problem. The "service emmisions" light I would expect to be a secondary indication and resolve itself once the engine starting problem is resolved.

Nov 04, 2012 | 2007 Ford Escape

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My alternator won'charge and it and the battery


batteries will show 12 v and still not have enough amps to start the vehicle, clean all the connection points on the battery , and charge it fully, start the vehicle and check again for voltage at the battery posts, you should have a reading of 13.5 to 14.5 volts, if not, yes you have a alternator malfunction,

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Battery light goes on


Check the charging system your alternator may be going bad or nOT charging fully. when vehicle is off the voltage at battery terminals should be at least 12volts and when vehicle is running at idle at least 14 volts. If this is NOT so when vehicle is off then battery is BAD. If NOt so when vehicle is running then BAD alternator. Also check battery terminals and make sure they are tightly secured and NO corrosion on terminals. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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