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New batt,alternator drive it stop then it won't start jump it may start may not let it set for awhile it magically seems to recharge and the restarts

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Loose connections on the starter motor.

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Why wouldn't it start/restart?


When you got the jump start, you were able to drive while the alternator tried to charge the dead battery. After you stopped at the other end, the battery died completely and may have shorted internally, which explains why your vehicle could not be jump started again. Obviously, that very dead battery will havet o be replaced.

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Radio going off and on..air conditioner going off and on..gauges flickering and won't start


It could be a faulty alternator. This would cause a battery drain since the alternator would not be recharging the battery and supplying operating voltage to the vehicle. Once the battery dropped to about 8 volts then the gauges, A/C, radio and other electronics would start acting crazy. Eventually the car would have shut down, but since you stopped at the post office, that didn't happen. With the battery being so low in charge, that would not allow the car to restart, as there would not be enough current to engage the starter properly. Check the battery voltage. If it seems ok (12-13 volts), try checking it again with someone trying to start the car. A normal battery will see some voltage drop, but a drained one will fall to almost zero with a starter load. Since you have gauges and not warning lights, a discharging battery may have gone unnoticed. If you determine the alternator is bad, be sure to have the battery charged, or if necessary, replaced before using the new alternator. A low battery can cause a new alternator to fail and most alternator warranties will not cover this type of failure.

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I jumped car off it crunk on its own fora day,then batt went dead again,this time it won't jump off. It wants to crank but won't turn over.


not sure what you said but.
seems the battery is discharging,? 12.6v is fully charged,
own a voltmeter?
try a good loaned battery , does it start the car,?
i think you meant?
i can jumper cable start my car at any time. (off another running car)
but after running my car, the battery discharges and it will not crank at all. right?
this means ,the charging system on your car is bad.
if the starter cranks great, then the engine is flooded or is in great need of a tune up (sparkplugs etc)
if flooded try the super secret in the op guide, crank with throttle wide open , this magic trick cuts all fuel injection allowing the flooding
to purge away, and eventual starting.
my guess 2 is the car wont start, so you crank the battery flat
you jumper start it and it runs. (luck)
then day 2, same deal cranks ok but wont start.. ever tune up the engine?

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Car starts fine after sitting awhile. If you drive awhile then stop and try to restart it won't.


Check the electronics,cam sensor or crank sensor these are the culprits.

Aug 19, 2012 | 2006 Chevrolet Aveo

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My 1997 Subaru Impreza won't turn over.


here is a trick ...jump it off and unhook + batt cable if car shuts off alternator if stays on replace batt

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My honda civic 1996 model has a new battery while i was driving i felt the light is dimmer than before the radio begin to on and off the oil gauge and the speedometer drops to zero then when i stop the...


It sounds like you have a charging problem-alternator is not recharging batt when drive, batt will only go so far before it runs out then you get your symtoms. you would need a volt meter to double check this. Fully charged batt will be about 12.7volts once car is started and running you should see about 13.8 to 14.2 volts at batt terminals if alt. is chariging batt. the other item that can cause this is the volatge regulator that controls alt. which are sometimes built-in alternator and sometimes they are external to alternator. and of course make sure your belt is turning alternator to allow it to work. One other small note if you do the engine running test-somtimes- if your car idles low(600 or 700 rpm) you need to give a little throttle (1000-1200rpm) to make sure alternator is turning fast enough for output test.

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When I approach stop light and press in clutch to shift down, car stalls. Battery light comes on. Sometimes will restart and be OK until next stop, other times will not restart until it "rests"...


if it is cranking and starting back i would say its not a batt or alternating problem

most likely the reason the batt light is coming on is because its idleing rough as it quits running if it were me i would just drive it to a dealer and save the toe bill

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The batteries one gets today will not tolerate being stored for a long time and will fail internally. If you check with a multimeter (cheap- under $20 US at Radio Shack or auto parts stores) you will probably find the terminal voltage even after charging will be below the 12.6 nominal and probably will fail very rapidly after the engine is off. It likely has one or more shorted cells and each one is a loss of ~2 volts.

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yes the alternator has failed or the wiring to it, this caused a low voltage condition that caused the engine to stop once it went below about 10 volts.

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