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Okay, I attempted to jump my 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Without the jump car and jumper cables, I have zero juice. I hook up the cables, I have juice, the clock in the car hits 12:00 and starts adding as long as the jump car is hooked up. However, once I turn the ignition over after a few minutes the car goes dead for a few seconds and then the interior lights and dash lights come back, the clock is reset to 12:00, the jump car has not been turned off nor have the cables been disconnected. I checked all the fuses, and none are blown. I guess it could be as simple as a bad battery, but I would have thought that the Impala would have started and continued to run as long as the jump car is hooked up to it... Any ideas as to what could cause this, or is it just the battery, even though this reaction is like no car I have ever attempted to jump.

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  • Imitation9 Aug 25, 2010

    Also, the Security Light doesn't come on. So it isn't the Passlock system.

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Sometimes the battery can be so bad that it wont jump. take the battery cable off and cut that rubber **** off from the battery terminal ends that go in a circle around the end. make sure everything is clean. sometimes a little corrosion there goes a long way. give it a shot if u havnt already and good luck

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  • Imitation9 Aug 25, 2010

    Interesting how this could just pop up over night. Yesterday the car ran perfectly fine.

    I will remove the battery and have it checked. Will check the screws for corrosion and the cables too, but there is none readily visible.

    I also attempted switching the relays to see if any of them were bad, but none of that made a difference in the reaction of the vehicle.

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