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Old 01-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Ok, here we go. So this past weekend we had a cold front move in, and about 8 inches of snow, got pretty cold. I went to start the car saturday night, and i heard a single click from under the hood, but the started would not engage. So i tried turning the key a few more times, and just still a single click with every turn. So i popped the hood, wiggled around the battery cables, and tried the switch again. This time, the starter engaged and turned over very very slowly then the car started. So i let the car warm up for five mins or so, then drove to the grocery store. As soon as i pulled in the parking lot, shut it off, then attempted to start it back up. Turned the key and the starter engaged and cranked fast like it always did and the car started fine. Got everything i needed,got back in the car, turned the key and it cranked slowly again but started. Got home, and havent been able to get it started since. The starter will not engage whatsoever, only the single click with each turn of the key. Today i looked at the cables and they did have the white corrosion between the clamp and battery post, also noticed the bare wire that connects to the clamps had a dull green color. I also tried to run a jumper wire from the positive battery post to the terminal on top of the starter, ( the terminal that is covered up by the plastic boot). Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas of what they think the problem is? Before i drop the starter and get it tested, i want to rule everything else out. The battery in the car is less than a year old. I tried to be as detailed as possible, any questions please ask. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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Battery, Battery and Battery. Its all very well and good that you are prepared to rip into your starter and such but get the battery tested first.

Batteries are an electrochemical process. All chemical processes require enough ambient heat to have a chemical reaction. When it get really really cold a weak battery that has barely enough juice to start the car is suddenly suffering from a retarded chemical reaction and doesnt produce the same amount of cold cranking amps and you get a rough start. A cold weak lead acid battery also has issues holding a charge.

In the far northern parts of canada where block heaters are standard equipment from the dealership there are little electric heating blankets that people wrap around their batteries to extend their life.

In your case you need to get your battery tested and if its still good put it indoors where its warm and put it on a current sensing smart trickle-charger.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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looks more like the battery to me as well.

Easiest way to test is with jumper cables or a booster pack.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:20 AM   #4
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battery for sure... I have a brand new optima red for sale (type 35 for subarus)
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also, invest in a trickle-charger of some sort. Works like wonders!
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also, invest in a trickle-charger of some sort. Works like wonders!
Trickle charger is great but if your battery is weak or on its last legs make sure that the battery is @ or near room temp (65-72*F is ideal) to get the best charge. If its freezing outside I cannot think of a better way to waste your time then trying to trickle charge a weak battery.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:17 PM   #7
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Use a wire brush to make sure the corrosion is taken care of and if it still has problems it most likely is your battery.

Check with a volt meter and use a jumper block. Also grab a trickle charger and bring the battery inside and let it charge overnight or so. If it still acts up after charging inside then get the battery tested. If bad replace it.

It sounds a lot more like the battery then the starter.
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