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Old 05-11-2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Dead Battery or worse?

Right, so a couple weeks ago i go to turn the car on, and it gives me an odd response, it makes all these buzzing noises, the starter doesn't do a damn think, and my lights flicker and stuff. But then it started right up and i drove away thinking nothing of it. it was fine for like a month, and then it did it again, only this time it would start at all, so i drove it to recharge it, but that didn't do a damn thing. but the car turned off and i did something stupid to set the alarm off, but since it had little to no power it was a pitiful honk, all you could hear was the relay going, but i had to go to work and didn't have a car to mooch a jump off so i just let it pathetically try to alarm me for about 2 or so hours.
Me and a friend have some trouble jumping it but it eventually goes, and whenever i hit something simple like a radio button, or a window button all my lights dim and go weird, and my dome light always flickers if its on. Then on the way home i was toying with the windows just to see if i could get a better understanding, then out off the blue my ABS light comes on and starts toying with my brakes, that scared the piss out of me, so i turned everything except the headlights off and drove home, and there she sits.

the only thing that really scared me was the ABS bit, is there anything bigger or is that just little to no power playing tricks on the car?

i apologize for the lack of grammar and spelling and what not

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Old 05-11-2009, 03:24 AM   #2
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Crazzyness happening, um..all i can say is to test your battery, and test your alternator is where you want to start.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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Yea I agree with the above post. I had some really strange issues with a bad battery recently - it wouldn't run well, would stall at idle, and the timing seemed way off. I thought I had fried the ECU or something. Ended up just being the battery fortunately. Definitely get it and your alt. tested. They do it for free at most auto-parts stores.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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Alternator! Any charging issues usually are related to that and they don't really just 'go' they kinda die on you and then wackiness happens. If it hasn't killed your battery already you may be able to salvage it but sounds like its about to lose it's juice. New Alt/Batt is prob round 200 total with labor. GL they are a relatively easy fix.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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right, so the battery is perfect, in every way. so i do believe my alternator has hit the wall
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