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One day car wouldn't start, sometimes made clicking sounds, other times nothing. Jump start and things were fine. But once I drove 6 blocks from home, turned off engine and went inside for all of 10 minutes. Came out and car wouldn't start. Was able to get jump start and go to work. After a couple times, mechanic replaced the starter. Not long after started all over again. This happened awhile ago but can't really remember what the solution was. Maybe the relay switch?

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  • sobekath Nov 12, 2009

    That's what we're thinking. But mechanic's computer down and he can't figure out which relay he needs.

  • sobekath Nov 12, 2009

    It's a good battery. We're thinking it's the relay switch. Alternator relatively new, as was the starter, which we replaced anyway. Under warranty.

  • sobekath Nov 13, 2009

    Battery is good, starter & alternator new. The electrical was checked and found to be ok. I'm leaning towards battery cables or charge regulator, whatever that is. Still at mechanic. This same situation happened awhile ago but can't remember the solution.

  • sobekath Jan 14, 2010

    Turns out it was the relay switch for the a/c, but it was frustrating and time consuming getting to the solution. It was an original part and there was some kind of short inside where the a/c was still on even though the car was off.

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Hi,

Firstly...turn your headlights on FULL BEAM (or operate your screen wipers).

As you watch your headlights (or wipers), have an assistant turn the engine to START. If your lights DIM or turn OFF (or wipers slow to a stop)...then your battery/charge circuit is at fault.

Car battery's have an average life of 2yrs.
If you are in a cold climate, this imposes further strain on your battery reserves. The higher the CCA (Cold cranking hours) the better your battery will handle the cold.

Jump starting is enough to get your vehicle moving and driving your car will provide enough current to run your engine......but, will not be enough to fully recharge your battery.

Your battery may simply require a FULL overnite trickle charge to fully rejuvenate it:

If your battery is of the refillable acid (ionised water) type, then ensure the acid levels are JUST ABOVE the plates - if not, then top each compartment with pre-boiled jug water only (ionised) just above the plates. , before attempting to charge. DO NOT touch the acid inside the battery.

Put your battery on overnight trickle charge.

If your battery is known to be in perfect condition, then suspect a problem with your Alternator or Charge Regulator.

Hope this helps...

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Sounds like a starter relay or battery problem.

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