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My car won't start. I bought a new battery. The alternator is fine and so is the starter. What else could make the car not start? Please help. Thanks.

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  • Teresa Jones
    Teresa Jones Jul 05, 2010

    Yes there is plenty of gas. When I got stranded my neighbor took his sons battery and put it in my car to juice it up to get it home. The car ran on on no battery so my neighbor said the alternator is fine. Then AutoZone said the same thing that it was good. I have had the battery tested and it is fine. It is a new battery. I put the key in the ignition and get nothing. Car is completely dead.

  • Teresa Jones
    Teresa Jones Jul 05, 2010

    Well I have not driven it around. The fear of getting stranded still exists. My neighbor took it too advanced auto n said the battery is fine. My neighbor drove my car home without the battery and it rode fine. I wonder if there maybe a shortage somewhere. My brother is in CT and I am in VAS but he said it sounds like it may be the ignition switch.



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Does it turn over?exhaust not blocked?plenty gas?cam belt?get compression test

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  • Ian Summerfield
    Ian Summerfield Jul 05, 2010

    so youve driven it around,getting the battery tested?did you drive it home with no battery in it?why didnt Autozone offer any solutions?any dash lights coming on?is g/box in park or nuetral.hold the key on,and jiggle the gear shifter,if its auto box.check battery connections,check starter solenoid wire is connected.check fuses and fusible links

  • Ian Summerfield
    Ian Summerfield Jul 06, 2010

    so where is this ok battery if your neighbor drove it home without one?why was it driven home without one?you will damage the alternator and electronics driving without a battery,plus risk of shorting out the battery cables,with about 50 amps,and 12v of power,running thru them...If it drove home ok,why do you say it wont go now?Did you put the missing battery back in?is the motor turning over?hard to help you if you dont answer each question.



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SOURCE: Battery dead every morning

Something is shorting out (drawing power but not returning it to the battery)
Make sure you don't have any accessories plugged in and running or anything else running or on when you go to bed at night as this would draw down the power!
I'm assuming you have to jump start it every mourning.
Is that correct?
If so the new battery and alternator will be strained and go again soon!
Go to an auto parts store like Advanced Auto Parts and have your battery and alternator tested (they do this for free) and may be able to verify that you have a power draw somewhere!
A jury rig fix would be to put a battery disconnect (available at any auto parts store and pretty easy to install) at the terminal to the battery and disconnecting every night but that won't fix the power draw.
What was the original problem that led you to change the battery and alternator?

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SOURCE: 83 Chevy Silverado 454, New Battery & Starter- Won't Start?

first check if fuel is getting into the throttle body...take the air cleaner off and have someone press the accelerator while you watch for fuel to squirt into the throat. if there is no fuel then look at fuel delivery problems. If you do have good fuel flow then take out a spark plug and examine it for fouling or possible flooding. If it isn't then proceed to check for a spark. put the spark plug into the spark plug wire but NOT in the engine. with gloves on and wire and YOU are away from moving engine parts and belts and away from the area where you removed to spark plug. Place the top part of the spark plug and make it contact a solid metal part that has a good contact to the allow for a return path for the spark. you can hold the wire far from the spark plug to avoid a shock. have an associate start the truck and make sure its producing a nice white or blue sparks are weak and no sparks is of course ignition issues. hopefully this will help with moving on with troubleshooting. we would need more info to move on or spend a month listing all the possibilities. :-)

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Jump atart the car or charge the battery to get it running again. With the engine running, check the battery with a voltmeter. Should be around 13.5 to 14.0 volts. If significantly less, I would suspect alternator or wiring. Also check the lone fat red wire coming off the positive battery terminal for corrosion - replace the eyelet if it doesn't look clean.

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SOURCE: my car keeps cutting off and the battery and alternator are fine

I would return to the installer of the remote starter and ask them to remove it. Then see if the problems go away and I'll bet they do.

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SOURCE: i have a 1999 cadillac deville. and two months ago

It could be the generator field from the ECM. The ECM supplies this variable-duty cycle signal to ground the field winding of the alternator. So the alternator may not be getting "turned on" by the computer.

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