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I have a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville SE, and the battery may be bad. Though I wouldn't be asking if I thought there was the possibility that the starter is the culprit. what happens is it goes.....reeee............reeeeee............reeeee...reeeee..reeee. stop for a 20 seconds for fear of killing it. 20 seconds later. reeeee......reeeee......re.ree.ree.reee.re.re.re..re. start and then I am wondering is it the starter or the battery. it is usually after several hours of not being used but recently it has been more frequent, doing it just 20 minutes after being off. I have eliminated anything that would drain the battery after it is off.

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It sounds like it's just a bad battery. If it was the starter, it wouldn't even turn over like you're describing. If a starter goes bad, you typically just a hear a click and it won't even attempt to turn the engine over.

Good Luck!

Posted on May 25, 2011

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