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Common Car Battery Issues That Cause Starting Problems

I've worked in a variety of hands-on professions and love to write about topics that can save readers from needless expenses.

Battery problems can strike without warning—the unsuspecting owner fearing that something terrible happened to their vehicle overnight and now it won't start at all. More often than not though, the vehicle is completely fine other than a battery that's acting up.

Car batteries are probably the most volatile component in the car, and it doesn't take much for them to go bad. They only have a shelf life of a few years, and they'll die quicker because of things like disuse, corrosion, and faulty connections.

It takes a very large amount of power to turn over an engine and start a car. The batteries are designed to give a big push of power and voltage for a short period of time.

If you're not sure what your problem is though, make sure you read through all of the possible problems, and go to my other articles on solenoid problems and alternator problems to make sure you can rule those out too.

Types of Problems

There are multiple types of problems that a person might run into with their battery. Here are just a few.

1. Faulty Connection

There are two ports or posts that stick up from your battery, the negatively charged post and the positively charged post. There are cables that attach to each of these posts that run from your battery to your starter.

Sometimes the screws or bolts that connect the ports to the cables can become loose and the connection breaks. When this happens your car won't start at all. It will be completely dead because no power will be going from your battery to your starter.

So if you're trying to start your car and absolutely nothing is happening, check your connections. This problem can also be indicative of solenoid problems.

2. Corrosion

Corrosion is another thing that can cause a bad connection to pop up. The same two ports mentioned earlier that can develop a loose connection can also develop a corroded connection.

As corrosion develops on the ports, the connection consistently grows weaker. There is less metal to metal contact and therefore it becomes harder for power to transfer from the battery to the starter.

If you're having battery problems, check your ports to see if they're corroded. If they are, you might think about cleaning them. Here's a good explanation and directions for how to clean battery posts.

3. Disuse

If you've let your car sit idle for awhile without using it, usually at least two weeks or more, then your battery might have lost enough power that it can no longer start your engine.

After a battery starts a car, the alternator takes over and powers the electrical systems of the car and also recharges the battery, which we'll talk about next. As long as the car is being run fairly often the battery can be continuously recharged and ready for use.

But if the car isn't being run often, the battery will slowly drain over time and soon won't have enough juice to send the necessary voltage to the starter.

4. Alternator Problems

Battery problems can quickly arise from alternator problems. If your alternator is going bad, then it will no longer be able to charge your battery. You'll start your car, drive for awhile and your car will die.

The battery won't restart the car and you'll be stuck. Like I mentioned in the above point, the alternator powers almost all of the electrical systems of the car once the car is started and it recharges the battery as well.

So if your alternator is going bad, not only will your battery not recharge fully, but your car might die on you while driving because you aren't generating enough spark or other things in order to successfully run your vehicle.


Car batteries are something you don't want to skimp on. They're like tires. Sure you can buy cheap tires and drive them for awhile. But you'll be back in the shop before too long getting new ones because they're already worn out.

I don't mind spending extra money for them because I hate battery problems. Not only that, but I also travel quite a bit and hate coming home to a dead battery at the end of a week-long trip.

A good one should cost you around $100. That's pretty expensive, I know, but will last you for a couple of years.

If you're like me and really want to avoid problems as much as possible, then make sure you get a good quality battery and make sure that you keep your ports clean from corrosion and firmly connected.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Jesus Christ (The Holy One) on March 12, 2020:

Come to me my children, I can turn water into fuel.

Ho Li Fuk on March 12, 2020:

My ferrari no start, pease help me start it. I have no monae

JAMES bRILL on February 23, 2020:

Your article say's nothing about the starter. Is that something that can also be checked?

Sheila Hobgood on February 18, 2020:

I have a 2007 Honda Element and have replaced my battery 3 times in less than 2 years, at the advice of Auto Zone testing and saying it’s my battery. Now I’m on my 4th battery, according to mechanic I took car to. I feel there is something else that is draining my battery. It never has failed to start, just sometimes is hard to get it started but eventually will start. Lights, radio, etc are always working even when starting is hard. Anyone with advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance

LaRhonda Smith on February 08, 2020:

I have a 2004 Ford Taurus Se. On the morning of January 31, 2020 I left out of my front door, went to my car got in turned the key the car started and then for a second then immediately shut off. I tried turning the key again the car would not start and is still not starting. Now the battery is drained. What's going on with my car? Why is it not starting?

Mike hunt on January 05, 2020:

I have a 2015 Bugatti veyron. I push start, it no start every time. The light all work tho. what is wrong???? Gmc dealer was no help at all geez

Ronnie. on January 05, 2020:

I have a truck.. it wont start........,,,whats wrong???

Lauren on December 04, 2019:

So I've just had to wait hours for my car to be recovered as it wouldn't start and my mum had previously taken it to a garage for the same issue but they didn't know the cause; the battery seems to be cut after being used a lot ie today I probably drove for around 3 hours in total over three occasions and when I went to start it back up to get home it wouldn't turn on and she had the same problem but when it hasn't been used for a while it's fine.... Could anyone suggest what this could be or what to do? Thanks

Toby on October 20, 2019:

My Mitsubishi was struggling to start I bleed it I just put new glow plugs in it and still have the same problem

George on September 30, 2019:

If car sits in the sun for 4 plus hours it will not crank. But let it sit over night it cranks right up. Any ideas. 2001 nissan altima.

Keshia on September 09, 2019:

My 2007 Honda battery died after a 3 hour drive. I added water to the cells got a jump n it CRANK up. Drove for a week now it’s not doing anything, but all the lights come on in my car⁉️ HELP ME PLEASE ‼️‼️‼️

Craig on August 30, 2019:

2018 ford focus will start with a jump run all day but if it sits for 10 hrs will not start again any ideas?

susan on August 19, 2019:

My 2007 acura battery dies if it sits for more than about 12 hours without running. Will start right up with a jump and no issues starting again if it runs for a bit. This has happened a few times. Is this just a bad battery? It just doesn't seem to hold a charge.Took it to 2 mechanics they say the alternator is fine?? please please help me

Kim on June 21, 2019:

My truck battery dies if it sits for more than about 12 hours without running. Will start right up with a jump and no issues starting again if it runs for a bit. This has happened a few times. Is this just a bad battery? It just doesn't seem to hold a charge.

Jesus on June 08, 2019:

Carmella youre trucks alternator is bad

Carmella on June 02, 2019:

When I'm jumping my truck it cranks but won't start n my battery dies once the cables come off please help

nichola on April 03, 2019:

hello my car battery doesn't die it just does not have enough power to turn over the car is this an alternator problem.

M Irudayam on February 01, 2019:

My car battery does a good job in starting when ignition fuse only is inserted.After the start of the engine every other fuse is inserted and be happy all through the journey.bye!

Zach on January 20, 2019:

I changed fuel filters I a 2004 f250 superduty and when I hook positive battery cable up it really spark alot and primi g fuel sycling the key a few times and battery already dead. Don't know what's going on or where or what to look for

Ryan Potts on January 10, 2019:

we recently replaced a starter and charged a battery up on my son's 2003 buick rendezvous, and his wife couldn't drive it to work today, because it wouldn't start again, what could the problem be? a starter relay maybe?

Jan Wagner on December 03, 2018:

My 1986 Chrysler battery doesn’t hold a charge if not run. If starter fluid is sprayed in the carburetor it will start and runs very good. What’s is the problem?

Mary Patterer on October 14, 2018:

I have a 2006 Ford F350 super duty and I just replaced both batteries and it won't start. No crank but the lights and the dash lights up. Any idea what's going in

Roger Christianson on October 13, 2018:

auto went dead last night and wouldn't turn over, this morning it started right up and is running good

John GrosVenor on October 05, 2018:

I installed a new battery in my 2004 tundra

1. Truck will not start

Lights work

2. Battery will not hold charge

orthon 7 on August 30, 2018:

I have a 2006 Hyundai Tucson which has trouble starting if I leave it for a day or two. I had battery checked out and was told it was perfectly fine. It seems like there must be a slow drain going on, but I always check that all lights are off, etc. Any ideas?

Shannon on August 17, 2018:

I put new post on havent driven but there is corrosion

Andrew beveridge on July 21, 2018:

Hi, I had a problem with my brake lights not working, and since then my battery keeps dying. Any ideas as to why?

Keithraymond on July 16, 2018:

Hi yall ive mk3 mondeo had bad alternater so left laying up 2 months tried fixing old one an started car up it ran for couple mins shuddered an shut off battery went strate to flat so got new alternater and battery fit in all lights are normal on dash / cluster but tried turnining over nothing not a sound or even a clickin but then my iac valve electrical plug started clicking on acc if i plug it apart it stops clicking car wont crank so i tried it wit the relay trick jumpin the starter and it cranks then but no start please can anyone point out wat it could be fuses relays fuel lump all seems ok could i of bown something over opening old alternater cleaning and putting back on the time it started and shut off really quickly drained battery

jamieson on March 15, 2018:

i have a Ford E 350 2006 van with a 6 LTR diesel international engine ,put an EGR delete in it, no heating problems any more, last year hath to replace the injector module we bought it in 2013 I think that added to the starting problems we hath and hath already 6 or 7 alternators replaced we always get the batteries checked I already put 6 new batteries in during this time [4 years] I figured my electrical problem were solved I am again on a long haul 9000 km got this morning in a snow storm I do not know if the snow ads to the problem the batteries are under the floor against the side beam of the truck they are enclosed but the +/- post are in the open, luckily this time I hath a booster unit with me so I could drive myself to the garage ,should I try to put the batteries in a closed box inside the van or what ?

Mt on February 20, 2018:

Had similar problems. Self installed a new battery. Would die about a week in. Cleaned the nodes with baking soda and water. Didn't clear the problem. Noticed the cables were loose kinda. Tightened it even more to ensure connection. And voila. Worked. Our symptoms showed as dead battery. E.g no lights, sometimes using the emergency fob insert into the car helped (g37 2009). And had to boost the car with a portable car battery charger.

Carol Schaffer on February 03, 2018:

My car starts 90% of the time but some mornings when I go to start my car it won't do nothing. I have lights but that's it. It does nothing. If I give it a jump it fires right up and it's good for a while then it happens again.

David on January 31, 2018:

my car was riunning very good , the battery went dead I installed a new battery , My car has a new battery it cranks good but does not start .. need help

Mye on January 27, 2018:

If I got my battery charged at AutoZone is it necessary to give it a jump once I put it back in the car

Andy on January 21, 2018:

Car started after putting new battery on .Now the next day it just gives 3 quiet clicks in cockpit and alarm light flashes 2 times .Engine won't even turn

Darlene on January 03, 2018:

I run my vehicle 3times a day for 1 hour

Juanita davis on January 03, 2018:

I just put in a new alternator, new starter, new battery, and new terminal on my new battery, and while driving in 19 degrees weather my car panel went black and car just cut off.

Meshack on December 29, 2017:

Hi my Opel Astra give me problem staring it's harder to turn speedometer waving up and down and cut off and don't want to start any more

sherryb.cothron@gmail.com on September 24, 2017:

Great advice thank you.

Lulu on September 06, 2017:

I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo all manual, I have a new interstate battery and I had the alternator checked and it's good however I have had 3 or 4 alternators in the life of this vehicle but if it sits longer than 2 days I have to jump it off. What could be the problem?

Dorothy on August 10, 2017:

My grand daughters car would not start got her a new battery, same problem next day, so took it to the. shop had an alternator installed, same problem next day. Even checked battery cables.what can be the problem?

Heather on July 19, 2017:

My car needed a jump yesterday morning and through out the day I turned it off and on and it restated fine. Then this morning the battery needed to be jumped again and it started after sitting for four hours, but after that it day for am nor and needed to be jumped again.

pat hines on May 19, 2017:

my van battery is relatively new. I can drive it for days with no problems and then out of no where it won't start. I get a jump and it starts right up. what could be the problem

Dalton on May 02, 2017:

I bought a 1971 chevy Monte Carlo and has a 350 small block in it but ..my Monte will idle for a few minutes but then the lights on the dash dim and the car will die . And it's not the battery or the terminal and I even replaced the ulternater and I still having problems with it killing it self

Peyton on April 21, 2017:

What's wrong with your battery if it works fine unless I don't drive it for like two days? And it's a brand new battery.

Esafe on April 14, 2017:

Hi my car has been working fine for me but i havent driven it for about a full day. Ive just started it with no problems drove to get some food then when i came back to start it. The car was out like the battery was drained. Car lights or anything electrical wasnt on. I jumped it and it started i drove home switched it off then when i tried to start it has done the same thing. Help !???

Diana on April 02, 2017:

I gave a friend a jump and now my car battery is on what does that mean and what do I do

Alan on March 29, 2017:

I have a volkswagen motorhome and I have fitted a new battery and it is a heavy duty battery for the motorhome and it won't start but the lights are working on the motorhome and on the dashboard and Ithe won't start I have noticed a multi plug going to the positive lead in the plug it has fuses but I noticed one fuse was blown and it had two fuses two were 20 amp but I don't know wat the other fuses were would this stop it to start I noticed there was no life in the battery

jack and rose on March 22, 2017:

hi Benji, our van battery keeps going dead when it sits without starting for 20 hours or more. If we turn off the engine then start it again straight away it starts first time no problem. It is only after some time that it goes dead. A garage which i do not trust 100% (but currently lacking options) say they will have to fit a new alternator which seems strange to me - because the battery seems to charge fine and we have never had any electrical problems when driving. It seems like the battery is failing to hold its charge or something is draining it. What do you think? Could it be the alternator? And thanks for the useful article...

Teena on March 21, 2017:

Is it a possibility that a starter relay that was bad could cause the battery to go dead. We drive the van every few days and it still dies. We charged the battery and replaced the relay today but I was just trying to figure out what made the battery die before

cameron on March 10, 2017:

replacedcar battery with new one,. Car ran for three days now wont start

Kristina on March 07, 2017:

The port to my battery has been having issues. Normally if my car wouldn't start I would just wiggle the port a little bit and it would start right up. I noticed that the positive port seemed loose and it looked like it was stripped so I bought a new one and put it in and got a jump, the car started but after letting it run awhile I turned it off and it won't start back up, dead, no power. So I'm curious could that mean I need a new battery? Could it mean that I still have a bad port connection, or could it mean that I need a new alternator? Someone please help me. My car has been sitting almost a month due 2 this issue and I need my car but don't want 2 waste money on something I don't need.

Josh on February 20, 2017:

What does it mean whenever I have the heater on in my headlights on in my truck is running I disconnect the battery everything is fine but as soon as I connect the battery backup the truck starts dying if anyone can tell me what is going on and causing me to lose power when I hook back up the positive to the battery

Vincent on February 12, 2017:

I have a car that starts but ever so often it won't do nothing when I turn the key it jump start then start all the time til it wants to not start..??

samantha wilder on January 27, 2017:

99 Saturn sl10 all was fine even with the cold weather car started up fine ran fine all good the one day I let it sit and idle for 10 minutes without driving it next day car would not start all lights radio wipers good no clicking or grinding when I tried to get it started fuel going good into motor just wouldn't kick over to start engine tried again next frw days bought New battery cables were all clean no corrosion and are on tight but still doing exact same thing all electrical stuff in car working However found it odd the battery light on dash did not disappear after putting in new battery if starter was gone it would click right and if not being used then the lights wiper automatic locks etc wouldn't work right so why would it turn over and start

2016 Mustang on January 25, 2017:

aI just bought a new 2016 Mustang, have had it two weeks. The lights go off by themselves and so does the radio when I get out of the vehicle. This morning went to start the garage and let it run for a second (remote starter) nothing would not start, got in the vehicle tried to start engine it tried but nothing. How can a Brand New car have a bad battery? The dealer sent a wrecker to my house, he jumped it off and now it is fine. How in the world did the battery go down overnight? Help.

Mike C. on November 21, 2016:

my positive battery cable holds a charge while disconnected from the battery. what could possibly be the problem

sc on November 07, 2016:

What about if the lights still come on?

Guy on November 02, 2016:

Changed the battery, alternator, starter and still won't start,many body got any ideas

Cortni on October 08, 2016:

I have a 2010 dodge charger SXT. My battery was fine and one day my radio started messing up and won't come on and then after a few months it was popping back on for the day and then back off for months. But the day it started that my battery started dying only in the mornings. Well, I bought a new battery and it was fine for about 2 weeks and then started dying only in the mornings again. And the weird part is the days my radio will pop on it won't be dead the next morning. PLEASE HELP I HAVE EVEN TOOK IT TO 2 SHOPS TO FIND OUT AND THEY DON'T KNOW EITHER

Tammy on October 07, 2016:

My car will drive good around town and start every time if I drive around town but if I drive somewhere that's better than 30 miles away and then turn my car off and try to start it again I can't and won't start I just replace the battery what could it possibly be

Tamne on October 07, 2016:

Okay pushed guy out of the road. He recently put in new alternator. His car died while driving it. We gave him jump start and it started but spit and sputtered. He took off negative to test alternator and it ran stronger and better. He was able to drive to nearest stopping point without negative cable. Ideas on what's wrong?

Jarrad on October 07, 2016:

My friend has a 1996 Toyota Camry, that's been sitting for over a year. I've replaced the; battery, starter, and alternator, but it still won't start! The radio and lights all come on, but won't turn over. Why could be the problem

Roxanne on September 08, 2016:

Hi my fiance's 2008 chevy colorodo has problems with battery dying on him. The battery is just about a year old and we took it to the shop where we bought it and they told us everything is ok that it does not drive it enough. I never heard that leaving a car/truck for couple days not being driven can make the battery die. It happened twice on us and was told we need to get a battery tender. Has anyone else have or had this problem and why is it happening. no lights are on to indicate something is drawing juice when not running.

johnnygh on September 06, 2016:

I have a bmw 325i 2006 it's starts and runs good and everything but when I turn it off and try to turn it back on it wont started into later what can it be the battery? ?

Sam on September 01, 2016:

I have a 1984 Gmc C1500. I recently had work done on it. Had the distributor replaced. Ran into issues with the truck keeping a charge, so i replaced both the alternatoe and the battery. They both tested bad. After replacing i would not have any issues until i would turn on the blower motor for heat/AC. The lights would dim if i would drive at night. I tried turning off the lights and blower motor to let it recharge while i let it run in driveway. Next morning truck would not start. Any ideas on what would cause the alternator to not recharge, but keep a charge while driving. Tested alternator output and I am getting 13.7V to the battery

Vino on August 21, 2016:

My car failing to start since 3-4 days, called AA, they jump started the car, and confirmed battery is good. Again it happened next day, I called again AA, same story. I directly drive into kwik fit (Mary hill road), they also told the same story. Next day, ,managed to reach another kwik fit near Pollokshaws Rd. They really spend sometime and checked everything. recommended to replace starter motor.

My doubt is how come the starter motor is working well when i am using jump starter to start from another car?

yunus on August 19, 2016:

my car is not starting even after a new battery it shows that battery dead

vashti johnson on August 18, 2016:

i went to my dads house got out the car and shut it off like everyone dose come to find out when i went to leave my car would not start so i hit the ports w a pair of pliers and it started so i took ot to the local auto zone and got the car checked out and they said everything was good so idk wat else it could b anyone else know

Chris on July 27, 2016:

Couple days ago my abs, check engine, and brake light came on on dash now my suv won't crank won't make any noise like battery dead. Tried to boost off. light up under hood and inside got bright for a while but when tried to crank truck nothing then lights went off again. Help!!!

Christi on July 05, 2016:

I left my car light on for days and ran the battery flat, jumpstarting has done nothing. could you please let me know if you haave any idea what hte problem is?

melanie on May 31, 2016:

Hi, my car will only start after a long drive (clearly it is recharging the battery) it will start for 2 days each morning after the drive but then requires a jump every morning until another long drive. The battery appears to be recharging but leaking the power over night. It is a newish battery. Any ideas?

Welshmanwandering on May 22, 2016:

My battery was almost flat, tried starting it with jumps and the car started straight away, everything kicked in for about two seconds then died…..cant restart it with jumps and not enough energy in the battery to lock the doors……first thought it was a fuse, but then later in the day, found that it had a bit of life so tried again…exactly the same thing…..will try again tomorrow…any ideas though?

rich on May 07, 2016:

I have a 2015 honda civic my car battery died and now my car only runs for 4 week at a time then the battery dies... does any might know what the problem is?

Charlene on September 13, 2015:

My car will start lights radio all good drive it anywhere good win I get back in to start it won't start lights radio all work has to set at least a couple hours then it Will start

leisl cook on July 18, 2015:

I've been having probs with my car lately... I was driving 40-45 mph and the radio went out and all my interior lights flickered and went out and my car died. My mom and a friend tried to jump it off the next day and it melted the jumper cables. I have no power what so ever. I'm going to school at Lincoln Tech and brought the battery to my teacher. It was completely dead. We charged it for 2 hours and put it on a d-tax. It was the battery was bad. Hooked up a carbon pile tester and it held a charge at 11.7v with a load. But when I tried to hook it back up in my car that night, it sparked really bad and I heard a clicking noise coming from the starter area. Last night, I was talking to my friend and decided to go check it. It sparked a little bit when I put the negative cable on the battery, and there was no noise coming from the starter area this time. My dad doesn't know what to do and my teacher is kinda stumped. I've done everything they've suggested, but I still have no headlights or interior lights, with or without the key.... Can you give me some advice on what to do?? Its driving me nuts. Its been a week since I've had my car and my mom is tired of taking me everywhere

Dan Ferrell on February 11, 2015:

I think we as car owners sometimes neglect a lot of things in our cars--the battery being one of them. And then we wonder why we're replacing components too often. Nice article.

Shawn on March 06, 2014:

I have a 2001 grand am, in which i just changed the alternator and battery. Car being driving good for a month with no problems. went to pep boys for an oil and air filter change. when I drove off the lot I noticed my clock time went back to 12:00, like they disconnected the battery but now two days later my car wont start. no power at all. nothing turns on. could this be a starter issue

Gabe on February 19, 2014:

My truck will lose power for just a split second and then it will be fine. It's always at random times too. I just got a new battery a month ago. What could it be?

Justinas from Lithuania on January 24, 2014:

Very usefull tips bro, thank you :)

Nacho on January 23, 2014:

Hi, after a fail in the alternator (2005 Opel Astra) I replaced it. Since then, after my rides (5-6 km, home to work and back) when I'm parking using first and reverse gears, lights (only external lights, not internal) and radio turn off for less than a second and then turn on again (it happens 2 or 3 times every day, only with first or reverse gear, so at low rpm). I took the car to the garage where they had replaced the alternator, but they say the new alternator is ok and they don't know what s going on... Should be the new alternator in bad condition?

oliver hernandez on January 01, 2014:

My car wont turn on i think its the battery,i here tick tick tick sounds quickly and just slowly fades away. Left the radio on idk how it stays on and now car wont start

antonio on December 11, 2013:

I just replaced my alt. And blew my alt fuse so I replaced that too, I drove my car to work today and the car battery was very low it wouldn't even start the car I got the battery tested and auto zone said the battery was still good, do you think it could be a short somewhere?

denis on November 12, 2013:

Friend has a 2005 chevrolet cavalier that when starting the starter engages fine, then temporarily cuts out, but quickly engages again starting the car. Its almost like someone cuts off the power for a split second. What could this be?

linliden on August 10, 2013:

Thanks very much useful.

Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on July 05, 2013:

Right on. Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Howe on November 15, 2012:

battary was tested it was fine

jorgev916 on November 01, 2012:

My car was working fine i didn't use it yesterday, however today im getting ready to go to school and lights inside the car start flickering on and off, the I turn the car and nothing any suggestions??

cruzer on October 30, 2012:

Stephanie, sounds to me that you have a bad battery, have parts store check voltage good luck!

Stephanie Howe on October 24, 2012:

Stephanie 16 minutes ago

Hi my name is stephanie and my problem stared when i left my lights on in 92 buick century only 80.000 miles friend gave me a jump. Was unable due to alarm system. He cut the alarm box. Then was unable to jump my car. Ran fine for a couple of days. Try to start my car was having hard time turning over let go to try to restart lost all power. Had someone try to jump my car lights came on still would not turn over. Car sit for about an hour I try it by sure luck it turn over. I have noticed when my heat is on it is draining my battary when i am driving. Please help not sure where to start.

stephanie 11 minutes ago


Stephanie on October 24, 2012:

Hi my name is stephanie and my problem stared when i left my lights on in 92 buick century only 80.000 miles friend gave me a jump. Was unable due to alarm system. He cut the alarm box. Then was unable to jump my car. Ran fine for a couple of days. Try to start my car was having hard time turning over let go to try to restart lost all power. Had someone try to jump my car lights came on still would not turn over. Car sit for about an hour I try it by sure luck it turn over. I have noticed when my heat is on it is draining my battary when i am driving. Please help not sure where to start.

real on September 08, 2012:

ma battery does not have enough power to start engine unless i play with the lights , wipers indicaters then the positive side of the battery will get hot then i force to start it and it does ... but the positive side seems to heat up while negative is cold, and it expands as if it will blow... wats the reason to this HELP

montycore on August 30, 2012:

my wife just got a new car battery put in less than a month ago. and she just drove it home from work which takes about an hour. and she stopped in the house for about ten minutes and when she tried to leave the car was completely dead. we have a jump starter but it will not start the car. the dome light sometimes goes on when i open the door but not for long. theres no radio or clock and when the automatic doorlocks do not work. i dont understand being that she was JUST driving it minutes ago.

JenniferOR on August 29, 2012:

Not mentioned here is if a single cell has become defective and you attempt to start the engine you may hear a clunk from the starter solonoid but there is insufficiend current available to fully engage the solonoid or turn the starter itself. To determine this condition you need to first check and see that your 12 Volt battery has at least 13,67 volts available. Less than that, it is defective. Then if that is correct, check each individual cell. You do that by removing the electrolyte fill caps, use a nails or screws to a voltage meter and one by one test each cell next to one another. If any individual cell varies by more than 25%, you have a bad battery.

To Donna above me. A common problem on not starting is the electronics and pollution controls. You can bypass all that by connecting a wire from the hot terminal of your battery to the hot wire of your coil. (usually a red wire, but can be black. Just remember the green one will always be ground (negative). My car gives problems on this about once a month. Something in the steering column with the ignition switch. Just remember you will need to disconnect that wire to shut off your engine though. Old day known as Hot Wiring.

Here I am a woman and yet I know more about cars and electronics than most any man. But then I also have a PhD in Physics. No, I am not a Rocket Scientist. I had about 150 Rocket Scientists working below me as Chief Metrologist and Program Director.

One added thing. Beware that in jump starting another's car, you risk blowing the diodes in your car's alternator if theirs is bad. Also, I knew of a case where a person was giving a jump start and told the man not to try to start until he was away from the battery. The guy disregarded and cranked as soon as he connected, the battery blew up and the man was permanently blinded from the acid. Not totally blinded, but his eyesight was damaged to the point he will never be allowed to drive again. Ad of course so many people are sue happy. The more you help someone, the more they expect. Best way to jump start though is connect to the other and run your engine 5 or ten minutes, disconnect a lead and Have them attempt to start. I highly recommend you do NOT have your engine running when they attempt to start. You will have two alternators battling for command. And the weaker smaller one is certain to lose. Lastly, do NOT hook up the black Negative cables to the batteries. Connect the reds, then clamb the blacks to a bare metal surface on the vehicle. Chrome bumpers work nice. But the engine block has many opportunities too. Why? Well back to that exploding battery. You can be a bit distant from it, even often set the hood down for added protection.

donna on August 13, 2012:

My car was cutting out while driving. I had her checked over by a garage that couldn't find a fault and replaced battery. Left the garage and she cut out again. Turned round to go straight back but they told me they could do nothing with the car for over a week. So after a bit of internet hunting i came up with a CGR valve reading on the car. Got her to my friend who is mechanic. He blocked up the valve (which is legal) ran car through diagnostics and car has been great since. So check if ur car has the CGR valve and get the update which tends to be between free and £70

jason on June 09, 2012:

I gave someone a jump two days ago now my car needs a jump every time I go to start it why is that

Clueless on June 08, 2012:

Okay...I've no idea apparently. I have an 86 Ford truck which has had some issues and has not run for a while. I regularly go out and try to start it, just to make the engine parts move occasionally. Ha! We put a new starter on and I found a renewed interest in trying to get it started. The battery was dead, so I had it on a charger. While charging, I turned the key on listening for the fuel pump, then couldn't resist the stupid urge to crank it. A moment later, the truck had no power anywhere...no interior lights or anything. Just wondering if there may be fuse, fusible link or maybe the starter relay that I blew up. I must has a wish to complicate things. ugh

Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 15, 2012:

Hmm, I'm not quite sure what you're asking.

anand on May 15, 2012:

As i have purchased a new car so for fifteen i wont be able to start the car if that is the case battery power will come down or it will be k so that i can start it immediately

Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 03, 2012:

No, that doesn't sound like a solenoid problem. The solenoid helps primarily with the starting of the car, and won't let you start at all if it goes bad, even after a jump. It could be something simple like a completely dead battery. If your battery won't take a charge at all, then the car will die on you pretty quick after you disconnect the cables.

If it were me, I'd try jumping it again, but leave the other truck hooked up with the engine revving slightly for about 10-15 minutes after your car starts. Then see if it dies right away again on you. If so, then you might need to take your batter in to your local auto parts store and have them test it for you to see how good it is.

Chase G. on May 02, 2012:

I recently had my alternator replaced, and about a week later my car won't start at all. No clicks or turning attempts when I turn the ignition. I tried jumping it with my brother's truck, and it started, but after I took the cables off, i pushed on the brakes to turn the car off and it died again. Does this sound like a solenoid problem, or am I in bigger trouble than that?

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