I'M NOT GETTING ANY PROPER POWER FROM MY BATTERY 2 START MY CAR. IT WILL NOT TURN OVER, MY INSIDE LIGHTS ARE DIM, & MY BATTERY GAUGE, IS MOVING UP & DOWN WHEN I DRIVE. IT'S A NEW BATTERY, A NEW STATER, & I HAD MY ALTERNATOR CHECK SEVERAL TIMES. IT KEEPS READING GOOD. SO WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Have the battery tested to make sure it is charged up all the way. It may be new but something on the car could be draining it at night. A car I had contained an auto-leveling system that started to loose pressure and the pumps would run like 90 percent of the time and killed my battery several times.You should also check the terminals to be sure that the connections are good and tight. If you can wiggle it off by hand then it could be to loose. Any corrosion could also effect it as well. I have had alternators go out and the auto shop declare it good. Basically unprofessional high school kids that know how to cross reference a number and use a telephone is what we have around here in our auto parts stores, none with any idea what a muffler even is working there. Could also be the internal regulator inside the alternator malfunctioning. Sometimes they dont even catch that either. Could explain the ampre meter going crazy. Kinda doubt that though. Try jumping it off and see if the motor turns a fires. Hope anything helps .
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Do head lights stay on (bright) while trying to crank starter? If not, starter motor isn't getting enough current, OR engine is locked. Is there current getting through the solenoid to starter motor? Check the ground connection between the engine and chassis as well as battery and chassis.
Hi, first thing you need to find out is if its a starter issue or power issue. Turn lights on and radio and anything else that is electrical in your car. Does everything stay on and bright? Does the car start clicking after a short time? If everything is good and your headlights are bright as they usually are, then you have a starter problem, maybe a connection problem from the battery or maybe it just went out(usually starters don't just go out without any warning) If the lights are dim or the car starts clicking after a few minutes having everything on you probably have a power issue. It's either alternator or battery. To test this get a jump start from somebody, when you get it started turn lights on and let run for a min. If it doesnt die shortly after that, disconnect the power side of the battery, if the vehicle continues to run then you have a bad battery if the vehicle dies it would be a bad alternator. Hope I could be of some assistance to you.
I'm not an expert on cars, but from my experience, if the lights go dim while trying to start, but the engine doesnt turn, then it's usually the starter which is bad. It's because the starter is faulty and drawing too much battery power. I'v also heard of many people having problems with the security system (with cavaliers). but if the lights are going dim, that probably means the battery power IS reaching the starter, so i would concentrate on the starter first. If i remember correctly, my brother had a ford, and the ground wire came off of the starter, and when he tried to start it, there was nothing, but the lights would go dim. Again, similar to a faulty starter. Even if the starter itself is bolted to the engine, if the wires going inside the starter aren't connected properly, that could cause the problem. Other than starter being the problem, possibly a bad ignition switch???
neutral or park switch maybe need to check starter wire from ignition switch to starter see if you are getting power to starter
quick way to do it is headlight s on turn key if lights dim then the power is going to starter
check starter good luck
Have you considered the alternator and battery? When the alternator isn't working, it wont charge the battery and supply proper amperage to the ecu, starter, coils etc which then the vehicle will not start, or if it does start it will not run proper. Try taking the alternator out and taking it to a local autozone for them to check it. Then you will determine the faulty equipment to replace.
Check, clean and tighten your battery posts, and the power connection to the starter and ground. Make certain the battery is good and charged, Perhaps you have a bad starter motor, or the engine is frozen (will not turn over). I think the ignition switch is okay, because your lights dim when you try to start. This indicates power is getting to the starter (at least some).
make sure you have power getting to your starter when you crank. check the small nut on the starter. should have 12 v or very close to it. this will tell you if your getting power to the starter or if somethign before the starter and something maybe with your anti theft system or not. its hard to say online cause of that anti theft. doest the light flash at all? the anti theft light?
if your getting power to the starter when you crank make sure your getting good power to the starter by turning on the head lights and see if they dim. a good starter will cause the headlites to dim when attempting to start. if nothing dims check connections. or assume bad starter motor. make sure your also getting power to the main starter stud as well.