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Old 11-19-2017, 01:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys so I'm having an issue with my 2005 2.5rs, so last night I was sitting in my car with the radio, dash lights on, and fans on and when I tried to start it, ut wouldn't start so I had to get a jump and it started. This morning I woke up and tried to start it and it wouldn't start so again I had it jumped and it started, drove it around for 5 minutes and it seemed fine. I come back and I turn it off and turn it back on but it won't start, the dash board lights are flickering as well, so I get the jumper cables out and try to to start it but it just won't start. When the jumper cables are connected the dash lights and headlights work fine but when I remove the jumper cables the dash board lights get dim and flicker. So anyways what could be cause a car with flickering and weak dash lights and that won't start even with jumper cables, all feedback is appreciated thanks
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Old 11-19-2017, 02:49 PM   #2
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You need a new battery
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:54 PM   #3
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You need a new battery
Agreed.

Car is 12 years old, just about due for a second battery. First time it died, not enough runtime to charge it enough. Next morning (when colder it) the battery was dead again.

Maybe put it on a charger overnight, otherwise, be ready to replace it.

PS, if it's dead enough, jumping it won't work, you may have to remove one cable from the dead battery and hook the jumper cable to the car cable, leave the dead battery out of the circuit.
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:28 AM   #4
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Agreed.

Car is 12 years old, just about due for a second battery. First time it died, not enough runtime to charge it enough. Next morning (when colder it) the battery was dead again.

Maybe put it on a charger overnight, otherwise, be ready to replace it.

PS, if it's dead enough, jumping it won't work, you may have to remove one cable from the dead battery and hook the jumper cable to the car cable, leave the dead battery out of the circuit.
The battery was replaced 9/16 so about a year ago though
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Old 11-20-2017, 02:31 PM   #5
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Perhaps the battery cables are corroded inside the insulation. You could also bring the battery to a parts store to have it tested.

What brand of battery is it?
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:21 PM   #6
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The battery was replaced 9/16 so about a year ago though
OK, but you may still have a draw that runs it down and a little running is not enough to get it back up close to fully charged.
Again, put it on a charger and get it fully charged, then test again.
And, even a new battery can fail, so just because it's just over a year old does not mean it's still good.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:19 PM   #7
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OK, but you may still have a draw that runs it down and a little running is not enough to get it back up close to fully charged.
Again, put it on a charger and get it fully charged, then test again.
And, even a new battery can fail, so just because it's just over a year old does not mean it's still good.
Battery was good, I just cleaned the terminals with a wire brush and it started right up. Thanks for the feedback though
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:35 PM   #8
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Take the alternator and test it. Jump the car and get it running and get a multireader and test volts. If the battery is good it will read 12v when off if the battery is fine. Start car and test battery terminals. It it's not running at like 14~ then take alternator out and go get it tested. If the alternator passes then start looking for wire corrosion and gunked up harnesses, exposed wires that could be shorting, etc. I've had very similar situations with a lot of my car's.all it could really be is battery/alternator/wire damage that would cause shorting and bad connection quality that cant send the continuous current that it needs.
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:06 PM   #9
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This happened to me over the summer with my 05, it wound up being the white cable that goes from the top of the alternator to the battery. The cable corroded right out of the crimp on the battery end but 'looked' like it was still firmly attached. Worth a look.
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:40 PM   #10
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Ugh, I wish my cold start problems were this easy. Ive been troubleshooting starting issues for longer than I'd care to damnit...
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