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Old 10-10-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default 1999 Bonneville Won't Start

Hey all. I have a 1999 SE. I started the car up, everything worked, forgotten something in my home and turned the car off. Went and hot my stuff went back to car and it will.not.start.

First turn of ignition barrel everything comes on as it should. Go to actually start the car and I hear a click in the dash on the drivers side but nothing happens. I took and cleaned the battery posts off (bad corrosion) still same problem.

I have a video of me trying to start it up. Any help would be AWESOME to say the least as I love this darn car.
http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/twodollars/VIDEO0006.mp4
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chances are if the battery terminals are corroded so are the other ends of the cables and grounds
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I would start by checking the battery, the positive cable, and all the grounds. You might want to take the battery to Autozone for a free test.
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So, even though the car'* electrical works fine it could still not start?

Did anyone look at the video I uploaded?
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Let'* try this. Have you ever jumped the terminals on a starter using a screwdriver?
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So, even though the car'* electrical works fine it could still not start?

Did anyone look at the video I uploaded?

Yes and yes.
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Let'* try this. Have you ever jumped the terminals on a starter using a screwdriver?
Tried that today with my mechanic. He says its one of a few things.
A) the starter is shot
B) the corrosion is in the battery cables
C) the battery isn't giving out enough juice to start the car.

I'll be changing the battery and cables tomorrow as I don't have a ton of money to throw at the car right now.
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Dead starter.
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do the starter first. you can go to any boneyard or auto recyclers and get a used one for dirt cheap. if i remember right you remove some plastic under the car and its 3 bolts.
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I would start by checking the battery, the positive cable, and all the grounds. You might want to take the battery to Autozone for a free test.

Take the battery to Autozone for a free test.
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