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#1 Feck

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

without the starter, the battery is only reading about 4.0  - 4.5 volts.

 

with the charger, it reads 12 but still won't start the engin.

 

the starter seems to spin, but then looses speend and stops.

 

nothing strange witht he started before i let the battery run down.

 

next step : ?

 

a) try getting a jump from a ruinning veh.

 

B) fully charge the battery and try again.

 

if still not fully cranking, pull and check starter.

the solenoid still appears to be functioning, or at least making the good click sound when I turn the key.

 

veh is only 7 years old.

 

 

 



#2 MeOmYo

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

if you are only getting 4-4.5 volts from the battery, the battery is bad

 

you should get around 13 volts from a good battery.



#3 TEO

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

Get a jump from a running vehicle then drive to store and purchase new battery.

 

The batteries now a days do not recover like the ones we remember.



#4 In A Silent Way

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:48 PM

planned obsolescence'd



#5 Not_Sure

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:01 PM

Could also be the alternator draining the battery. I would test a new battery out before making any other moves. If the new battery works good, but then drains out in a few days, it's likely the alternator. If the nwe battery doesn't allow a start, even if the starter is clicking, it's probably the starter. Then again, I'm not sure.



#6 Feck

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

battery is a Die Hard, maybe 2.5 years old.

 

borrowing the charger may be eaiser than getting a running jump start.

 

probably sat for 36 - 42 hours with flashers in the on position.

 

if it doesn't take the charge, i'll just get a ride for a replacement. 

 

thanks



#7 MeOmYo

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:26 PM

if it's below freezing, you may want to take the battery out of the car and bring into a warm area for a bit before charging.  If it's completely dead, it may be frozen.  if it's frozen, it will not take a charge



#8 Feck

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:51 PM

NYC, has not been that cold - but i agree, warmer will help.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:19 PM

went old school, jump started with one of the oldest, beat up, grips missing, heavy duty set of cables we could find.

 

VROOOOMMMMMMMM.

 

then took it on a 1/2 hour drive on our highways - covering almost the 100% of them.

meeter read 12.5v this AM. Started no problem.



#10 MeOmYo

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:22 PM

sweet!



#11 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

May have been a loose battery connection? :dunno:



#12 hippieskichick

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

Could also be the alternator draining the battery.

 

This has been my problem. I've gone through 2 batteries in two years. Finally the light bulb came on and I checked the alternator - bingo!



#13 Feck

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:37 PM

May have been a loose battery connection? :dunno:

 

 

just user error, left flashers on for 2 days.



#14 Feck

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

Could also be the alternator draining the battery.

shortly after getting the car i started to have a problem with the old battery running down.

 

we tested the battery and the alt, both were good.

the problem was traced back to the "radio" which also controls a lot of other electronic functions in Saturns.

Radio was replaced under warrantee, been fine ever since except for when i pretend it's a Red Roof Inn.



#15 timbo15

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

If you bring it down to Auto Zone I'm pretty sure they will test the battery for free to tell if its bad.  They should also be able to help you figure out if a bad alternator or something else is cause a constant drag on the battery, causing it to be low voltage so much.



#16 Feck

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 05:12 PM

If you bring it down to Auto Zone I'm pretty sure they will test the battery for free to tell if its bad.  They should also be able to help you figure out if a bad alternator or something else is cause a constant drag on the battery, causing it to be low voltage so much.

 

 

thanks , it was just a user error.

i guess i can't leave my flashers on for 2 days without starting the veh. 



#17 timbo15

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:32 PM

haha, that'll do it.  glad it wasnt' anything to worry about