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I have to keep jumpstarting my car

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by thuggincivic, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. thuggincivic

    thuggincivic Junior Member

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    everytime i go to start my car i have to jumpstart my car. sometimes i get lucky and there is enuff juice in the battery to start it. and it a new battery. anyone have a clue. its not the alternator either i had it checked
     
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    Dustin_m Active Member

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    I actually just had the same problem with my pickup. Check to make sure that your battery posts are not getting close to anything metal because they will arc over. I had the battery in backwards because the cables werent long enough to put it in right, so the post were close to the inside of the grill, and it arced over. How do you know that it isn't your alternator?
     
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    thuggincivic Junior Member

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    the way i told that it wasn't my alternator was i removed the positive cable off the battery while the car was running. the alternator would have killed the car if it wasn't holding a charge
     
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    Yeah i heard that too, but never tried it. Your best bet would be to go to an auto parts store like Kragen or AutoZone, and get them to test the alternator. then if it isn't that they can usually tell you what the problem is. thats what i did, and i just used their tools and fixed my truck in the parking lot. They are usually cool about that stuff, since you are buying their parts anyways.
     
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    thanks. i'll go take it out right now. it only takes five minutes then 117dollars for a new alternator if needed but its almost chrismas so i kno i'll get the money right back
     
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    you dont have to take it out, just drive your car down there and they can check it while its on the car
     
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    ok cool. but i'll have to wait a while to do that cuz i bought the car without a title and i am in the process of gettin a title for it.
     
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    sound like your alternator, could also be the cable on the alternator to recharge the battery.
     
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    biglee414 Senior Member

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    it could also be your main relay.
     
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    as soon as i put the cables on the car to start it , it starts up the first time and never dies till i cut the car off and try to turn it back on
     
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    but thanks for the advice. i'll check them all out tomorrow. but if anyone comes up with more possible explainations why it won't start please add it to the forum. i usually check back every 20minutes
     
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    well i had that problem once also
    it was the cable from the alt to the battary that was kinda lose/old/fucked up so just ckeck it to make sure its not something stupid like that
     
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