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PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... #279364 Sep 19, 12:25pm Sep 19, 12:25pm
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JAIMEJAMES OP
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PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR...
ok, the past week or so i noticed my car having difficulties with a slightly slow start. then i was sick for a few days but when i went to the store last night the car engine BARELY turned over until i was at another store. all i got was the *click-click-click*. so, i was "stuck like chuck" and had to walk a few blocks home.

well, this morning i walked to my car, carried the battery to a nearby autozone and they said the battery was discharged. i opted to get a new duralast battery and when i got it installed the car did nothing: no lights, no clock, NOTHING. luckily i was able to jumpstart my car and it seemed ok for a few minutes but then on the way home the radio cut on and off and RIGHT when i pull into my carport the car died completely. no turning over. nothing. no check engine light or radio or ANYTHING. again.

i don't have a volt meter and even if i did i don't know how to use one. something like this happened to my old car and i thought it was the alternator. so, after a day of planning on buying a new alternator i discovered the battery just need a "break in period" because the day of waiting allowed my car to start fine. actually don't know what happened but it worked fine after that waiting period. *sigh* lost and confused... in other words: HELP!!!!

UPDATE: well, i got the car jumpstarted again but i noticed a whirring sound when the radio is on. and, even though i kept the engine running i noticed the gauges dim a bit when i pressed the accelerator. once i turned the headlights on the car died. now nothing electrical works at all (no dome light, no gauges, etc...) fawk! does that sound like the alternator to anyone? i'm at a loss. why is everything dead now and only a jumpstart gets all the status lights to go on and starts the car????


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Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: JAIMEJAMES] #279365 Sep 19, 3:36pm Sep 19, 3:36pm
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My guess is you need an alternator.

Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: Haulin_A_Doo] #279366 Sep 19, 4:42pm Sep 19, 4:42pm
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Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: spaztikid] #279367 Sep 19, 4:55pm Sep 19, 4:55pm
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check if you have loose grounds too


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Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: GOLDCELICA] #279368 Sep 19, 8:09pm Sep 19, 8:09pm
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thanks everyone. how hard is it to change an alternator on the celica because i've done it on old cars with basic tools (and i didn't have a torqhe wrench before but i hope i don't need an impact wrench or special tool)?


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Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: JAIMEJAMES] #279369 Sep 19, 8:32pm Sep 19, 8:32pm
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Its pretty easy. You need a big wrench, about 18mm to slack off the belt tensioner so you can slip the belt off the alternator. Disconnect your battery & use a 12mm to take the wire off the alternator & then unplug it from the wiring harness. You will need a 14mm socket probably to remove the two bolts holding the alternator on. Should take about 15 minutes to swap them.

Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: Haulin_A_Doo] #279370 Sep 19, 8:33pm Sep 19, 8:33pm
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No special tools though. Its pretty straight forward.

Does anyone have a pulley diagram for the serpentine belt? My Celi is the first car I have ever seen that doesn't have a sticker under the Hood to show how to put it on.

Re: PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR... [Re: Haulin_A_Doo] #279371 Sep 20, 5:55am Sep 20, 5:55am
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yea the alternator is at fault. Youre lucky its easy access unlike some hondas that ware wayyy in there! eek

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