The car hasn't been used allot this summer. Sometimes just once or twice a
week but always
ran fine. It wouldn't start one morning so I boosted it with my other car
and all was well
until I shut it off and tried to restart it. Had a friend look at it in the
driveway and assured
me it was the battery.
So I bought a new battery and put it in. Problem solved. I drove the car
every other day
for a week and then didn't use the car anymore for about a week. Now it
won't start again.
I guess my buddy was wrong. Only problem is I can't even boost it anymore
to get it to a
garage. With the booster cables hooked up it will turn over for a second
and then nothing.
Somebody suggested leaving the cables on for 15 or 20 minutes before trying.
Is that hard
on the battery in the car that's doing the boosting?
First, clean your battery cables and terminals, both at the battery end and
at the starter end if needed.
Some of those GM multicable side terminal jobs are bad about getting
corroded UNDER the rubber
terminal cover. They can be slipped off and cleaned too.
Connect the two cars together, positive terminal to positive terminal, and
metal chassis ground
to metal chassis ground. Have the key OFF in the dead car. Start the donor
car, and let it run
for a while to put a precharge on your dead battery. Then attempt to start
the dead car with the
donor car still running.
This will help avoid surges which can take out the donor car alternator.
If you can find a cheap 6-8 amp 12v charger at Walmart or such, maybe you
would be well
off to buy it. Leave it on the car overnight and try to start it the next
day. You may need it
Once you get it charged and running, you need to see if the electrical
system is draining
your battery when the car is turned off. Lights staying on when they should
hung relays, etc can cause unusually high electrical drain, and you'll have
to find out
why the car is acting up or the problem will drive you nuts. Could even be
diode in the alternator.
Thanks for the replies. Letting the dead battery charge for a few minutes
before trying it worked great. At least I can get it to a garage now and
like you said find out what's draining the battery.
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