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Maka Mar 5, 9:10pm - #411098 

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My car is not alive.

Today, I went ouside to do my once a week start up, actually, I pretty much start it every other day. Well, today, my car wont start. When I turn the key all it does is click. Everything still works escept my radio. What is it. Is it just my battery? I hope it aint nothing mager. Anyone else that stored there vehicle for the winter have this too????? I dont think it is my battery because last time it died my windows and my auto door lock did not work. They work now. By the way my check enjine light, battery light, and my oil lights are on when I turn the key. Help me...

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RookieGTS Mar 5, 9:13pm - #411099 

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I would say the battery the first thing. See if you can get a jump on that. It should start.
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Maka Mar 5, 9:15pm - #411100 

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Originally Posted by RookieGTS
I would say the battery the first thing. See if you can get a jump on that. It should start.

No it doesnt. That is what I thought at first too, but a jump wont even push it to start, it just goes frownclickclickclick

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RookieGTS Mar 5, 9:16pm - #411101 

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you check the "cells" in your battery? maybe you need to add water or? you just got a dead cell..
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RookieGTS Mar 5, 9:17pm - #411102 

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Also you check all fluid levels oh, and it doesnt hurt to check your fuses to make sure none of them are fried confused
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Maka Mar 5, 9:18pm - #411103 

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Originally Posted by RookieGTS
you check the "cells" in your battery? maybe you need to add water or? you just got a dead cell..

I dont have anything to check it with. I also bought the battery less than a year ago. Do you think it will die that quick? frown frown

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Maka Mar 5, 9:19pm - #411104 

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Originally Posted by RookieGTS
Also you check all fluid levels oh, and it doesnt hurt to check your fuses to make sure none of them are fried confused

Did all that too. Man this really sucks. I just hope it aint nothing mager. Like the whole enjine frown frown frown

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RookieGTS Mar 5, 9:20pm - #411105 

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yes you can still check the cells. A cell is what a bettery has for it work and charge properly. The battery should have an indicator on it like how the stock battery did. YOu may need to add some water to the battery. All you gotta do is pop off the top part of the battery and you can see the water levels of each cell.
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Maka Mar 5, 9:21pm - #411106 

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Originally Posted by RookieGTS
yes you can still check the cells. A cell is what a bettery has for it work and charge properly. The battery should have an indicator on it like how the stock battery did. YOu may need to add some water to the battery. All you gotta do is pop off the top part of the battery and you can see the water levels of each cell.

I am going to go check it. Thanks bro. thumbsup

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RookieGTS Mar 5, 9:23pm - #411107 

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No its not the engine. I wouldnt even trip about that.
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Maka Mar 5, 9:45pm - #411108 

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Originally Posted by RookieGTS
No its not the engine. I wouldnt even trip about that.

I hope not. Wel my battery dont have that cellmeter thingy you were talking about. It is a Duralast gold battery. I opened the top the fluids are almost to the top. Normal????

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tundrav8 Mar 5, 10:00pm - #411109 
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Check the terminals for corrosion. Take a bit of sandpaper and wipe the inside of the battery terminal connectors and the outside of the battery posts. I've had various cars not start for battery post corrosion when they've been sitting around awhile.
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Originally Posted by tundrav8
Check the terminals for corrosion. Take a bit of sandpaper and wipe the inside of the battery terminal connectors and the outside of the battery posts. I've had various cars not start for battery post corrosion when they've been sitting around awhile.

No corrosion. I am going to try and charge the battery for a little bit. Ill see how that works. Thanks for all the help guys. thumbsup

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RookieGTS Mar 5, 10:10pm - #411111 

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SO what was the problem?? confused
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Maka Mar 5, 10:16pm - #411112 

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the battery is on the charger and the meter is right in the middle. Would that be the problem?

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RookieGTS Mar 5, 10:22pm - #411113 

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like I said in the first lol. The battery was my first guess hehe. But you happen to check the cells on the battery?
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Maka Mar 5, 10:25pm - #411114 

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Originally Posted by RookieGTS
like I said in the first lol. The battery was my first guess hehe. But you happen to check the cells on the battery?
the battery did not have a cell indicator on it frown

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Maka Mar 5, 10:26pm - #411115 

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I thought it was the battery at first too. But then I noticed everything was working that got me thinking maybe it was something else. But when it is charged, then I will find out for sure if it is the battery. thanks thumbsup thumbsup

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FloydianSlip6 Mar 5, 10:31pm - #411116 

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if it clicks it could also be your selenoid thumbsup my thing today was just my battery i charged it its wrking fine. Also there is a fuse/relay that controls ignition you might want to check
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spaztikid Mar 5, 10:32pm - #411117 
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ChubbyCox Mar 5, 11:16pm - #411118 

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just a guess could be your starter..

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Maka Mar 5, 11:51pm - #411119 

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It was the battery, thank god. Its all good now, thanks for all the help people. thumbsupAlways can count on ecelica thumbsup thumbsup

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celikitten Mar 5, 11:54pm - #411120 

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Originally Posted by Maka
I thought it was the battery at first too. But then I noticed everything was working that got me thinking maybe it was something else. But when it is charged, then I will find out for sure if it is the battery. thanks thumbsup thumbsup


even if everything else is working that doesn't mean your battery has enough juice to start your car... so it could be your battery either way...

i haven't went up and started my car in months... my dad insists you don't need to... i know you guys say you do but he's been storing cars for 50 years so i just go with him... i don't know if he's started it or not... it's in his garage... and i never go up there

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spaztikid Mar 6, 12:06am - #411121 
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Originally Posted by ChubbyCox
just a guess could be your starter..


the starter is the thing that he hears clicking.
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Polykarb Mar 6, 12:07am - #411122 

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you should of put the celica up on jack stands and covered it up with car cover

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maingear Mar 6, 4:19am - #411123 

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Originally Posted by Maka

the battery is on the charger and the meter is right in the middle. Would that be the problem?


The gauge that you were referring to is an indication of how much work the charger is having to do to get it back up to 12-13 volts.

When the car is running, check the voltage of the battery. It should be between 13-16 Volts DC. If it is, that will tell you that your alternator is working. The alternator uses this elevated voltage level to keep the battery charge topped off. (Lead Acid batteries are charged by voltage and Nicads are charged by amperage)

If you decided to get your battery checked at a parts store, be sure to fully charge it!!!!! If not, the tester will kill a weak battery.

Most batteries go "dead" over time due to tiny flakes that come from the plates in the cells. When the level of debris reaches the bottom of the plates, it causes the plates in that cell to short!

Long life batteries have deeper cavities for this debris to collect in!

One last thing! Only add water to a fully charged battery! I worked in a battery shop for Raytheon Aircraft, and added water to the batteries before they charged. a couple of hours later I had a mess on my hands when they overflowed!
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FloydianSlip6 Mar 6, 4:22am - #411124 

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no offense to your dad but it's a good idea to start the car every now and again. New cars have a lot more electronics in it that are slowly draining battery in order to keep all the information in the computers memory. If you don't start it you aren't going to HURT anything. But it makes starting the car up again a lot easier
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celikitten Mar 6, 4:43am - #411125 

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yeah i know... i try to tell him...

but you try telling a 63 year old man who's been working on and storing cars since he was 12 ANYTHING about cars and he will tell you you're stupid... haha.. so i just don't push it anymore...

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maingear Mar 6, 4:56am - #411126 

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Get a trickle charger from harbor freight:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=42292

They call it an automatic battery float charger. All the rednecks here in Arkansas have it on their bass boats. thumbsup
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trikdcelica Mar 6, 5:08am - #411127 

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I HAD THE SAME THING HAPPEN TO ME. ONE DAY IT JUST WENT DEAD. I JUMPED IT AND THAT NIGHT THE SAME THING HAPPENED. JUST LIKE YOU SAID EVERYTHING WORKED BUT IT DIDN'T START. I THOUGHT CELLS AND CORROSION, BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE JUST A BAD CONNECTION. ALL I DID WAS TIGHTEN THE CLAMPS TO THE BATTERY TERMINALS AND IT CRANKED RIGHT UP. thumbsup
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celikitten Mar 6, 5:33am - #411128 

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holy capslock batman

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maingear Mar 6, 5:44am - #411129 

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HE'S JUST HARD OF HEARING!!!!!!!!
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celikitten Mar 6, 5:52am - #411130 

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rofl rofl

either that or he thinks we are

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yeah god damn trikcelica every post I have seen you make is all CAPS LOCK!! TURN THAT SHIT OFF!! thumbsdown
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renfield90 Mar 6, 7:39am - #411132 

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Yikes...look at his mod list, maybe the key is broke or something? Time to invest in a new keyboard.
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