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Replaced battery, had oil change and fluids topped off,

Customer Question

Replaced battery, had oil change and fluids topped off, drove it fine all last night, now won't start. Inside lights work. Any ideas?
JA: Have you changed a battery before?
Customer: Yes, took out one that went dead over the Arizona summer and put this new one in.
JA: What is the model/year of your Kia?
Customer: 2004 Amanti
JA: Are you fixing your Amanti yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Nothing else
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Nothing I can think of
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Mike V. replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Mike V. replied 11 months ago.

Does the engine crank and not start or no cranking at all?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no cranking
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have opted not to have a phone call at this time. So, no cranking or clicking, just lights OK on inside but does not turn over.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 11 months ago.


Usually when you get no sounds at all it's a problem with the neutral switch on the transmission. Try putting the car into neutral and see if the engine will crank or at least click. Then put it back up into park if it won't and wiggle the shifter. No sound means it's not making any connection at all when you try to start it.

Please try this and let me know.


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
All OK, I left the lights on and jumped it, working fine. I'm an idiot.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 11 months ago.


Well, I am certainly glad to hear it's running, just didn't suspect a dead battery because you had a new one installed.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
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Thanks so much!