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Whole system goes dead. No lights, no radio. Dead. Then it comes back.
Figured battery. This morning it went off (dead) when I was in the
middle of parking at a restaurant. Open the hood, shook the battery and
it came back to life.
Took the battery back to Walmart (I know, I know) and they could find no
problem. I know its unlikely, but /could/ it be something else?
TIA for any input.
===> it's common for the battery acid to seep into those covered battery
connectors over time and corrode them and they look good on a visual
moving them around just breaks up the corrosion some under their
protective cover and the cable makes contact and that is why you aren't
having any troubles, but when you least expect it, the corrosion will
build back up and you will left with a no power response.
most of the time, it's the positive lead. to be safe, it doesn't cost
much for new battery cables and you're done with the problem.
look at the overall problem. you had a no power start up. shaking the
battery brought everything back to life. took battery in - checked out
fine - so what's left? answer - what is attached to the battery.....?
another point to consider is that since this is a 1997 model, those
cables have been exposed for 14 years of the chance for them to
hope this helps.
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