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Old 02-05-2005, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Crap! Fried something and now car no worky

What I did wrong:

I was trying to check the current through a bulb, but instead of putting the ampmeter in series with the bulb, I put it in parallel. Oops!

The result:

The voltage for the "on" position is still 12V (well 10v with the engine off) but when I turn the key to start it just makes a clicky noise like a relay opening and closing, but the car doesn't turn over. All the fuses seem to be intact.

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Old 02-05-2005, 09:27 PM   #2
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If you are only seeing 10V at the battery with the engine off, it's dead and that's why it won't start assuming no critical fuses are blown. Are you sure they're all good, including the large main fuses under the hood?
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Old 02-05-2005, 09:29 PM   #3
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I checked all the minis with a checkerator and they're good. The bigguns have a window on top and they all seem to be intact. 10v is a dead battery? It was just fine until I shorted it--it seems like a fuse would have blown but it didn't...
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Old 02-05-2005, 09:36 PM   #4
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If you shorted at a bulb socket, worst case I think you would mess up the bulb circuit. Will the bulb come on? If so there's probably no damage anywhere.

I think Mulder's right, it's the battery.

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Old 02-05-2005, 09:39 PM   #5
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The battery was probably not "fine", it was marginal and the sudden high drain from the short killed it. Just an educated guess since I'm not actually there to look at it.
A good, charged battery should read 12.5V at rest with the engine off.
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Old 02-05-2005, 09:43 PM   #6
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doh! It was the battery. A jump started it right up. I didn't think shorting a wee light socket could have such a profound effect.
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Old 02-05-2005, 09:58 PM   #7
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99 rs... is that the original battery?

if so.. it's probably time for a new one

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Old 02-05-2005, 10:00 PM   #8
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I'm not sure if it's the original--I bought it at 103K. But when I have some spare dough I'm going to get a light weight battery.
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Old 02-05-2005, 10:07 PM   #9
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Well since the battery is dead NOW, I don't think you should wait until you've saved up for a new one. Personally I'm not a fan of lightweight batteries for street cars, the weight savings isn't worth the compromise in performance, particulary reserve capacity. Unless the car is used for competition where those few pounds, and the weight distribution will really matter, you're better off with a full-size battery. For maximum reliability an Optima is the ticket, but if you're on a budget even the cheapest standard battery from Wal-Mart will be better than the dead one you have now.
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