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Hi, tried to start my car this morning, it was -30 celcius last night. Block heater was not plugged in. The engine started to turn over then made a noise and stopped. Won't turn over now, there seems to be power still cause the radio works. Dead battery or something worse?

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    outdoorsman5 May 11, 2010

    Probably the battery but is hard to say with the cold weather. Did you try jumping the car or putting a battery charger on the battery?

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Remove all of the cables from the battery and clean them and the battery connector , replace bolts.

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