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New battery new alternator new starter - BUT IT WON'T START! Voltmeter reads left of center

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  • jediclimber May 09, 2010

    The starter tries to crank over the engine but the car behaves like it has a discharged battery. Thanks!

  • jediclimber May 09, 2010

    Thanks! The solenoid still makes a clicking noise. I'm checking to see if there is a bad connection somewhere.

  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    The starter will not crank over the engine at all? Or, the starter does crank over the engine but it will not start up?

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If you can, check the battery voltage with a volt-meter and see if it is reading 12.5 volts. If the battery does not show 12.5 volts then charge the battery before continuing with the diagnostics.

If the battery is showing 12.5 volts then check the battery voltage while trying to crank over the engine. What does the volt-meter show for battery voltage when you try to crank over the engine?

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Check the fusable links to the starter solenoid wire and check the starter electrical switch if no clicking is hear from the solenoid

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2005 dodge durango. This just started last week. Whats happening is my battery is always dead, click click click (starter). it always has juice to run radio and stuff like that when i turn key. Takes a...


A few simple tests and what the results mean.

Obtain a voltmeter that will allow you to read up to about 16-17 volts DC.

1. Start vehicle, attach voltmeter to battery (red to +) (black to -) and read voltage. *Note: you are reading the output of the alternator with it running.
If Voltage is about 14-15v, alternator is good. If less than 14v, or very high 16+v, likely alternator(or voltage regulator) is not working properly. Have alternator checked at local auto parts place, replacement may be necessary.
If voltage is in 14-15v range alternator is working properly. Battery replacement is next logical problem, it can can be tested at the local auto parts store as well.

**If a charging system is good, and battery is good, check battery cables. Bypass battery cables by connecting battery directly to starter with jumper cables. If car starts with battery cables connected and not when disconnected, replace battery cables.

2. A charged battery will read at about 13.5 v while engine is turned off, but it does indicate if a battery will hold a charge.

Best of luck resolving this problem.

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Many batteries may only last around three years. Check battery voltage at rest before starting. Any voltage in the low 12v range may be a sign of a faulty battery.If low voltage present, then perform a parasitic drain test:1) Disconnect battery POSITIVE terminal and connect ammeter in series, between battery positive terminal and positive lead.
DO NOT START THE VEHICLE!!

2) With all vehicle doors closed, alarm off, lights off, radio off, and all other accessories off, wait for around 20 minutes and then read the ammeter. A healthy system should read about 0.03 amps and little more. If reading more, then the vehicle could be suffering a parasitic amp drain, and you will need to locate this issue.


3) Reconnect battery when finished.


If no major parasitic drain present, yet low battery voltage then:


4) With vehicle started, check the voltage charge from the alternator. Connect voltmeter to battery terminals and take reading. A healthy system should be charging in the range of 14volts or down to around 13.5 volts. If reading around 12 volts only, then check and replace alternator.

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First check your battery get a cheap digital volt meter. Free at Harbor freight with a purchase. Fully charged battery 12.6 volts Not 12.5 or 4 or 3. With the volt meter set on DC volts touch the battery and have someone start the car if the meter shows high 13.5 to 14.7 the alternator is ok if it is less replace. If you have a dead short take out every fuse and relay from the black box under hood by the battery. Remember where they go and plug them one at a time until the discharge hits and at least you will know what circuit it is.They also sell about 20 dollars a plastic meter you hold over the positive battery cable to see if the starter is drawing to much power A battery open-circuit voltage test will show the approximate state-of-charge of a battery. This test can be used if no other battery tester is available.

Before proceeding with this test, completely charge the battery. Refer to Standard Procedures for the proper battery charging procedures.
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  2. Disconnect and isolate both battery cables, negative cable first.

118345962 Testing Open Circuit Voltage

  1. Using a voltmeter connected to the battery posts (see the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the voltmeter), measure the open-circuit voltage.

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See the Open-Circuit Voltage Table. This voltage reading will indicate the battery state-of-charge, but will not reveal its cranking capacity. If a battery has an open-circuit voltage reading of 12.4 volts or greater , it may be tested to reveal its cranking capacity. Refer to Standard Procedures for the proper Micro 420 battery test procedures.


s than 13.5 alternator is bad

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One time it will start and the next not, but if you wait for a bit and remove key and retry it will start, what would be the problem


Options are a couple things like faulty ignition switch... or neutral safety switch either out of alignment or going bad... what does the car do when you try to start it... because it could also be the charging system ... such as the battery not having enough voltage to start or a bad alternator not charging the battery. You need to ***** the situation and check everything step by step. starting with the battery. if you have a voltmeter, you can set to DC and put POS to + and NEG to - and if it reads 12.5V with the motor off then the battery is charged a dead battery will read 11.8V. Start the car and place the POS lead of the voltmeter to the POS terminal on the alternator (the big red cover) and ground the NEG lead and you should get a similar reading steadily... It should not drop ... if you get a low reading then the alternator is going bad and cannot charge the battery. Next check your starter underneath the car and put the POS to the big terminal going to the battery, It should read a similar voltage. To check that the starter solenoid has enough power you can run a wire with a switch direct from solenoid to switch to battery and try or you can put the POS to the spade connector end and the NEG to ground and have a helper turn the key to start to check for voltage (12V) if not then it suspect a faulty ignition switch... If when you try to start after ensuring a good charge and get a cluck noise with no start or start sometimes then your starter may be bad... If you get nothing at all and your lights and accesories work with 'bright' lights then your starter solenoid may be bad... If nothing happens and the lights dim then the ignition switch may be bad ... If you're not much of a DIYer you can take the car to your local autozone or advanced auto and they do a free alternator and battery check...If they are good then you can remove the starter and have them perform a bench test. Hope this helps... Good Luck.

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