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Old 03-11-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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ok so this week is like murphy's law for my car...

I went to leave work and get some lunch... Put ignition to start position and nothing happens. Sometimes my car mat stops the clutch pedal from being depressed all the way so i checked that...wasn't the problem.

When i put the key just in the run position i was hearing a clicking noise (probably a relay) and my rpm/spedo, console lights, and stereo deck would go along with the clicking (on/off, guages jumped up/down slightly).

Get someone to give me a boost and the car starts, i didn't leave anything on that would drain the battery...

Go get lunch and come back(10 minute drive), turn off the car and try to start it again at work and same thing happens...no start

I'm about to go out and check the voltage on the battery time permitting, but at this point i'm wondering the possible cause.

Battery didn't charge on the drive BUT i didn't notice any low power issues or battery light. does that rule out the alternator?

Am i most likely looking at a dead battery? Do they usually just go like that? i didn't have any problem on the way to work.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:37 PM   #2
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Hey Kevo420.

Just had to replace my battery last week. I did notice it being a little more sluggish on the start for about 1-2 weeks prior during the really cold weather, although it did seemed to happen rather abruptly. Then we had a well below 0 degree day and I got the infamous dead battery click.

Brought it down to have the battery tested and came back...bad !!

Yes everything in my car ran fine once the alternator was going, so it would make sense your altenator is fine and you just need a new battery. Much easier to install, and pay for, compared to an alternator !! Although it still sucks !!
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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Oh and definitely check for loose connections and have it tested first. No sense dropping $70+ on a new battery when its just a bad cable/connection. Which a new battery wont help anyways.
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Oh and definitely check for loose connections and have it tested first. No sense dropping $70+ on a new battery when its just a bad cable/connection. Which a new battery wont help anyways.
Oh for sure, just at work right now and can't be outside taking out my battery just wondering if my 'not the alternator' hypothesis is well founded and sounds like a battery issue.

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That clicking is a common occurence?
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:33 PM   #5
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Yeah the clicking is your starter trying to do its thing without any power from the battery. Very common occurence for a dead battery.

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I'll +1:

-sounds like the Alt is probably ok, since it supplied enough juice to run the car properly once you got it going. Have it checked before it's all said & done anyway, just cuz you can & it's free and a good idea.

-check connections, a poor connection somewhere can simulate a dead alt or battery, and can also drain the battery and damage the alt. Don't just check the ends of cables, look along them as much as you can to look for any place the cable may have rubbed though and let corrosion in (personal experience )

-battery is likely the culprit. When you get off work, get a jump start and drive to the nearest parts store, and ask them to test the battery. They may be able to do it in-car, or you may have to borrow a couple tools & take the battery out & inside. Either way, they should be able to do a check on the charge level, ability to hold a charge, and the cold cranking amps output of the battery and tell if it's any good.
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2002 SL - going on six years old if that's the original battery. About time for it to give up.
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2002 SL - going on six years old if that's the original battery. About time for it to give up.
Agreed, average car battery should give you about 5 years of good life. Some will last longer, some shorter. I just had to replace one after 3 years.
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when i got a boost to leave work i found the problem...

Positive terminal came completley out of the battery. Luckly there was a canadian tire on the same block as my work, so battery is replaced and all is well now.

I just had the clutch changed in a shop and i wonder if they used a pneumatic ratchet when tightening the battery cable and cranked it right out of the battery... Engine compartment is all filled with electrolyte now...hmmmm

It's been an expensive week
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Wash things down with baking soda and water.
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