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Old 12-22-2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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Ok my car has to park outside all the time. My block heater is working and my battery seems to be fully charged since all of the electrical works when I turn the key to on. But when I go to start my car I have to boost it. Is this due to a battery with low cold cranking amps?
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That'* a very likely possibility.
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Could also be the starter going bad. The difference in crank speed between a new and old starter with the same battery can be remarkable. Connections and cables need to be clean and tight, too.
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ya my dad said it might be the starter too. But when i connect another vehicle to jump start my car it turns over just fine.
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did you clean your connections?
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my battery connections are perfectly clean. But i'm thinking that maybe the battery is the same one that was in the car from factory so It'* probably needing replacing

*update* just put my car on the trickle charger. Then hopefully this week i'll be able to go in and get it tested.

one good thing though. I took the rear seat off, which was incredibly easy. And I found a loonie. (for you americans that don't know what that is. It'* 1 dollar cdn)

oh and the battery is the factory battery, because it has the not so true green eye thing to tell you if the battery is dead or not
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the eye on those can be misleading. ive seen many with green eyes, be bad and vise versa.

but considering that the batt is from 02, maybe even 01 if its an early production, i would replace it regardless. especially in northern winters.
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Batteries may well show an adequate voltage when measured, but this can be very misleading. To truly test a battery (and this applies to virtually any type of battery), it must be under load. If the voltage drops significantly once a load is applied, this is a strong indication of an inadequate charge. This is why auto repair facilities test batteries and charging systems under load, not just with a volt meter. Likely, because of the age of your battery it has exceeded its useful life. My suspision is that you need a battery. Even with cold Canadian winters, I've never had problems with the OEM battery (although more CCA is not a bad idea).
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well it'* been on the charger since my last post and the eye hasn't even started glowing so I know that thing don't work. I'm gonna try starting it tomorrow when I get up.
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In your climate...that battery most likely is still good, but I'm not sure about the longevity of Delco batteries. Might not hurt to replace it just in case you're out somewhere sometime where you CAN'T get a jump and could use that extra kick. But that whole starter thing doesn't sound far fetched...have you watched the pulleys turning while trying to start? Do they match the speed/pitch of the starter? Also, watch your battery gauge, As long as its still around 8-10 volts while cranking, your battery should be fine, but not positive on that, testing it would be an excellent idea.
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