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I have a 2003 Malibu and the ignition switch was replaced last year. About a week ago I parked the car got out and the anti theft alarm went off. I stopped with fob. The Ext day it was cold went to start car. It wouldn’t start. Charged the battery. Still would not start. Called CAA to replace battery, it was not battery. Car is dead. It has been sitting there for almost 2 weeks, and it is extremely cold outside.

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fob's battery?

No I have t

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Malibu yourself? What have you tried so far?

I charged the battery overnight about five days ago, turned the key and left it for ten minutes. It started. Drive the car for about half hour. No lights issues. Woke up the next day and car was the same. Won’t start. I did not want to do anything else. Called a few mechanics to have car towed but it is the Holidays.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Shall I change the fob battery. First, then charge battery,

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Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago
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Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

does the battery keep going dead?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you! Yes
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I can type fast
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
What’s the problem is it the ignition switch
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
if I refuse the call you cannot assist.
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

ok, if the battery keeps going dead you might have a parasitic drain issue. You would need a volt meter to test for excessive current draw. This is done by removing the negative battery cable and connecting your meter in series with the battery.

Anything more than 50 or 60 milleamps is too high.

Does anything respond with the ignition switch? do the dash light come on?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I had CAA check the battery a fe2 days ago. They said the battery was fine. The engine shows faintly
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I was going to replace the battery. The driver said it could be the ignition switch. Although a common problems with these cars. Not a lot of mechanics know how to fix
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Engine light shows faintly when trying to start car. Could the frigid temperatures affect having car start?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Also could not call would have to remove the snow off car as it snowed last night.
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

It could be the ignition switch, however you said it was recently replaced.

How are the battery cable ends and grounds? You may have a poor connection somewhere. Make sure all the fuses are ok.

Make sure the battery cables are clean, check the ground from negative post of battery.

Yes the cold temps affect the battery. Electrons move slower and slower the colder it gets outside.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Nothing responded to ignition switch. No fuel or lights
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

Try jump starting it. If nothing happens with the switch, then you have either a bad switch or blown main fuse.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
What fusses would I be checking for.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok, will do. In that case. Should I leave the battery charger on for some time. The start car?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
The fuses, which ones to check?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
What is the main fuse?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Is that the conclusion.
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

I see now that you said the engine light is flickering. So that rules out a main fuse. Everything would not work if that were the issue.

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Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

Yes charge the battery.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
it flickered. Going outto put on battery pack. Is that wise?
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

yes

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
It may take some time to charge battery. After that what do you suggest.
Start the car and see if it turns over?
Change fob battery?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I also had CAA guy check battery wires he said they were in place
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

Fob battery will not cause this problem. After charging the battery you need to perform a battery draw test. It sounds like something is draining the battery down very fast.

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Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

Use a volt meter to check your charging system voltage to make sure the alternator is charging the battery when the engine is running.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
CaaCharged the battery and then car still woud not startt
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Can I contact you in an hour or so. What could be drawing battery power. The battery is a little than a year old
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Don’t have a volt meter unfortunately. Could be the alternator
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
There is no significant change with car and there is no light, at all now. Car has no power did attach 12 volt battery charger
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you Dan. I will have the car towed and have it checked.
Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

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Chevy Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago
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