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Old 05-29-20, 06:29 AM
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Car won't start

My car battery is dead, and this is most likely due to not using my car for a while; because the last time I used my car, it started up immediately, and there were no signs that the battery was dying. The headlights seem to be working fine, but the car wonít start. Not sure what to do about this. I would think that we would have the technology to fix such a problem as this.

If it does come down to replacing the battery, how much would it cost? and what would be the total cost for a battery and the installation of it? I have a 2005 Honda.
 
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If you turn the key to crank while the lights are on - do they go out?
Batteries cost in the neighborhood of $150. Most places install them for free.
 
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Old 05-29-20, 07:10 AM
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The lights do not go off when turning the key, but it makes the same noise when a car battery is dead when cranking it. My car worked perfectly fine the last time I used it almost a month ago. Probably a little longer than 3 weeks.
 
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If the lights don't go out it probably isn't a dead battery. Take your cables off and clean both the cable and the terminals on the battery. It would be a good idea to clean the cable connection at the starter also.
 
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I checked the car battery cables and terminals, and it looks clean, and there are no noticeable signs of corrosion. I'm not 100% sure about this, but when I lock my car with the remote fob, the horn seems to sound a little lower in volume when I had the car running the last time I used it. I could be wrong about this, but not entirely certain.












I checked the car battery cables and terminals, and it looks clean, and there are no noticeable signs of corrosion.
 
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Old 05-29-20, 08:01 AM
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Headlights are NO indicator of battery state of charge.
It either cranks or not. Borrow charger from someone, charge battery, start car and don't let it sit idle for more than a week.
Won't hurt to do parasitic draw test.
 
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Old 05-29-20, 08:49 AM
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and it looks clean
You can not tell just by looking, you have to remove and clean posts and cable connection.

2005, is it the original battery, if so you got your monies worth, a old battery will not have the charge life of a new battery.

I would think that we would have the technology to fix such a problem as this.
There is, its called a new battery!
 
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Old 05-29-20, 09:59 AM
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So there are no other reasons as to why my car won't start, just battery issues and nothing else as a possibility?
 
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There are lots of reasons a car will not start but in this case the battery is the most likely suspect.

Pull it and get it tested.
Put a charger on it. Note that if it does start after you charge it there is no guarantee that the battery is good. It could still have a problem holding a charge or being able to charge fully.
Buy a multimeter and check the voltage on it.
 
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Old 05-29-20, 11:10 AM
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Ahem, jump start it from a donor car and see what happens?
 
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