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Whent to start it, it sounded like it tryed to start, but now i get nothing out of it.....is it the starter???

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There are lots of reasons for failure to start:

Yours may be dead battery - it had enough life left to throw the starter solenoid and crank the engine, but wouldn't crank the engine long enough to catch a start - then, after a few tries, (starting a car draws down real hard on a battery - that's why they call it CCA - Cold Cranking Amps), what
little energy was left in the battery is gone - so now you get zip.

The battery may have died for lack of a functioning alternator to keep it charged. You therefore may have a dead battery, but not need to buy a battery - it may simply be discharged.

Your charged battery should read 13+ volts on a VOM, and when yhe car is running, the voltage across the battery should read 14+ volts, since the alternator is continuously charging it.

Easiest solution: get a jump from a buddy - go to Advance Auto Parts / Autozone / Pep Boys -
they all offer free charging system checks - they''ll tell you if your battery is dead/marginal and their test (it comes with a printed report) will also tell you if your alternator is performing too.

Once you know for sure what's faulty, proceed from there. Best Economy battery prices are a Wal-Mart TLE (Tire and Lube Express) (just a heads up if you're out to save cash). Autozone & Advance Auto Parts also offer free battery and windshield wiper installation too.

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

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Well, it could be a starter, but I would check the battery connections and charge up the battery before changing the starter.

Good luck on this repair.

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

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