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PostSubject: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 12:29 am

Maybe the car misses me...maybe it knows I'm trying to sell, but either way I have a big problem. My damn car won't start. It makes no noise from the engine bay, just a clicking noise like a switch that won't work when you turn the key. Gauge lights are very dim inside and my HID's don't have enough voltage to turn on. Could be the battery, but it's definitely something electrical.




Sigh...anyone with advice please please please chime in.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 12:31 am

Also, what's the best way to jump start a Riv?
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 1:05 am

I'd say battery. Pull out the back seat and connect to the battery directly. I've had little luck with the connector in the engine bay.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 3:08 am

TonySmooth89 wrote:
I'd say battery. Pull out the back seat and connect to the battery directly. I've had little luck with the connector in the engine bay.


I agree with the jumping technique. The jumper post under the hood makes a very poor outside connection.

The problem seems like it's either a weak/discharged battery or the battery connection, most likely the connection between the cable(s) and the battery itsself. Pull the rear seat cushion out and check those connections. If you can, test the battery but you can just try to charge it. Try to use a battery charger if possible, rather than jumping it and charging it with the car (alternator)
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 7:16 am

Charge the battery or jump start it. Classic symptoms of low voltage.

When's the last time you drove it? How old is your battery?
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 9:56 am

The battery is less than 3 years old, and while I haven't driven it for 2 weeks, my dad has been starting it regularly; every 2 or 3 days. We don't have a charger, but I'll try to pull the rear seat and jump it with the Subaru from there.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 10:24 am

A battery charger is a great investment, go ahead and use this as an excuse to buy one. A man needs these things. Whenever the opportunity presents itself to get stuff like this, go for it.
Sears is always a good bet in a pinch or perhaps Advance but I am sure you can find a great one for a bargain by searching the internet.

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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 10:34 am

I'll get one once I have money. What type of jumper cables should I buy? 150A? I'm new at this.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 11:11 am

IBx1 wrote:
The battery is less than 3 years old, and while I haven't driven it for 2 weeks, my dad has been starting it regularly; every 2 or 3 days. We don't have a charger, but I'll try to pull the rear seat and jump it with the Subaru from there.

You are better off to let it sit. It needs to run for 15-20 minutes to recharge the battery from your start, just starting and letting it idle will kill your bearings and does not help the battery. If the car is going to sit for a while, let it sit and go buy a 'battery tender' or some similar device to maintain it's charge. So over time, you are just killing your motor and battery by starting it a few times a week.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 11:12 am

FWIW I have had good luck jumping from the positive post under the hood and grounding to the strut tower bolts. No need to pull the rear seat as long as you have good jumper cables. Just let the source car charge your car's battery for a minute or two before trying to start it.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptySat Sep 12, 2009 11:34 am

We plan on starting it and taking it to sears for a new battery.
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PostSubject: Re: Car won't start.   Car won't start. EmptyWed Sep 16, 2009 7:56 pm

Ok, my dad texted me saying the trickle charger we bought worked on the car, and it started up fine...dodged an expensive bullet this time.
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