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My '04 cavalier will start when jumped, but once I turn it off and go to get back in the dome light is on but I turn the key and nothing. No click no lights, no anything. I went to auto zone and they couldn't get a read on battery and they jumped it started back up. Please help on his. Thanks.

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Sounds like a loose connection to the starter, on the battery or maybe the battery is so far junk that its acting funny. Try a new battery. Are there any lights on the dash like "SECURITY" or anything like that? Comment back on this if there is.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011

  • cgroth22 Mar 28, 2011

    Oh yeah and battery is only 3 months old. No security light or anything like that.

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The battery is dead most likely, otherwise you have a large electrical short which is placing such a draw that the car will only run when it gets alternator voltage (which is usually over 14V compared to the ~12v that the battery puts out) Try disconnecting the battery cables and use an ohmmeter to measure the resistance from one cable end to the other. If the resistance is really low, indicating a large electrical draw despite the key not being inserted with the car off and lights off etc, then there is a short.
But most likely, it's just your battery. You can try temporarily replacing your battery with one out of another car and seeing if the car starts up.

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    GMfaiL Mar 28, 2011

    He has a good idea with the ohm meter. That would tell you if there is something shorting out. As for the battery, if its only 3 months old, whoever sold it to you should replace it no problem. If the problem still exists, then at least you have taken out one variable.

  • Madman_crazy Apr 23, 2011

    Seen this a dozen times, car has good battery, and starts when jumped, but not on its own.... Clean the cable ends and the battery terminals. works like a charm ;) Had some tweeker charge one of my friends grandparents $100 to run a mess of unfused wires directly to the ignition from the battery(which is stupid and dangerous) when it was simply a dirty terminal.

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