Thread: Starter Problem
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Old 12-17-2004, 03:30 PM   #2
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Join Date: Oct 2001
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NYC
02 WRX
15 WRX/05 GTO


Your battery may still be the culprit. It takes a lot more juice to crank the engine than to operate lights and accessories, so a weak battery would easily turn the lights on but may not be able to start the car. Once they've gone completely dead, they sometimes don't have all their capacity any more. Also, how did you charge it and did you have any way of checking its state of charge? Assuming you have the stock battery with removable caps, a cheap battery hydrometer from the parts store is very useful for measuring the charge in the individual cells. You might have one cell that's NG, or it may just need more charging. Also check the water level and add some if it's low, then charge it again. A cell with a much lower water level than the rest indicates a possible short in that cell.
Ultimately, you may need a new battery. The stock one has a relatively low capacity to begin with and isn't worth messing with after it's been run down a time or two.
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