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Old 01-23-2008, 02:48 AM   #1
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I have a '94 bonneville. Once in a while it won't start. Lately it has been happening more frequently. Usually when it won't start i'll turn the key and hear a clicking noise from the passenger side dash area. Sometimes there is no sound at all. In both cases no lights turn on, and the dashboard doesn't light up. A few times i tried to jump it but could only get the lights to turn on very dimly, but nothing else. I thought it was the battery so i got a new one. also i replaced the little metal connecter things (don't know the word) because they looked rusty.
After getting the new battery however, it started happening again. the only way i've gotten it to start is to charge it over night but I'm sick of not knowing my car will start!

what is going on?!?!?
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Welcome to the Bonneville Club. It sounds as if perhaps your alternator has died, and can't keep the battery charged. Places like Autozone will test that for you. Also, take the boots off from the battery cables where they connect to the battery, and clean off the corrosion.
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Welcome to the club.
You could very well have a battery drain thats killing the battery overnight. Although jumping it should bring it right back to life.
A common drain problem is a faulting power antenna.
Is your car equipt with one? If so unplug the connector to it in the trunk and see if it solves the problem.
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Here'* a pic that shows why you need to check the battery cables. The rubber boots need to be removed to properly clean the cable ends. After cleaning with a wire brush or sandpaper apply dielectric grease before reassembling.

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...You could very well have a battery drain thats killing the battery overnight. ......A common drain problem is a faulting power antenna.
I have just gone through the power-antenna problem....

You can easily check if it is the anntenna.... when you have a good battery.

Park the car in a quiet place, and open the trunk.
Turn on the key and turn on the radio.... get to the trunk before the antenna completes its travel. As the antenna stops, you should hear a distinct click, then silence. If you do not hear the click, you will probably hear a continuing "hum" telling you that power is still being applied, even though the motor is jammed.

Turn off the radio and go back to the trunk. When the antenna retracts completely, you will hear the click again, then silence.

Again, if you do not hear a click, but there is a persistent hum, the limit switch did not activate and power is still being applied. By morning your battery is dead.

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