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trouble starting 02 olds alero, turn key and nothing, no dash lights, no radio, no turning over... thought dead battery, tried jumping, left live car connected for over 15 minutes, got dash lights and radio, got 3 or 4 clicks (from starter?) then nothing, after disconnecting live car i am back to no dash lights, no radio, no clicking from starter... Read full answer
trouble starting 02 olds alero, turn key and nothing, no dash lights, no radio, no turning over... thought dead battery, tried jumping, left live car connected for over 15 minutes, got dash lights and radio, got 3 or 4 clicks (from starter?) then nothing, after disconnecting live car i am back to no dash lights, no radio, no clicking from starter
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8/6/2010
Virtual Wrench
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Hello,

 

It sounds like the battery has a shorted cell and wont take a charge. This is common. When this happens, it wont even take a jump start. You will need to replace the battery. If you have further questions feel free to reply.

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
is this a problem that would happen slowly, would there be warning signs? or would it happen overnight.... the car was driven yesterday with no problems before that

Hi,

 

No, it can come on all at once with no warning. Most likely one of the plates in a cell has moved and is touching another plate.

 

Thanks for asking!

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