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Wife said battery light was on and would not start. i replaced battery and when i turn key nothing. dashj indicator lights come on but engine does not turn over or attempt to start. Could this be the starter?

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Battery light indicates alternator failure. Alternator may have internal short or perhaps something else in the car is shorted. Can you jump start?

Posted on Oct 01, 2010

  • wmcintyre768 Oct 01, 2010

    Tried to jump it before buying new battery. Everything else works but wont even attempt to turn over

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Oct 01, 2010

    OK, it could be your starter, but I would like to rule out the alternator first.
    can you do a bit of troubleshooting for me? If yes, try this: Remove negative battery cable, remove nut and biggest (red?) wire from alternator, wrap terminal with tape to keep it insulated from metal on the engine. Jump from battery cables to another battery/car and see if it will turn over.
    If this works, remove your alternator and take it to the parts store for testing. If bad, install a new or rebuild alternator.
    Jump doesn't work, did you get a big spark when you attached the jumper cables? If yes, we'll need to find the short in your car. I will see if I can get your wiring diagrams to see what ideas to give you for checking. If no spark, it is probably the starter/solenoid. Take a look at my troubleshooting tips here:

    Let me know what additional help you need.



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