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Old 09-19-2018, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! Car won't start - stranded!

Hey guys,

little emergency here. I drove the car this AM, everything was fine. No issues whatsoever.

I just jumped back in to go home, car wont start. It doesn't turn over. IMA battery level is good. Voltage on the battery in the engine compartment is 11.9.

Dash lights up just fine, when i sink the clutch and turn the key to start the radio goes dead, and nothing happens. I hear the faintest low sound from the rear.

Any ideas? I am stuck with only phone access to the net and scorching heat.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check the ground connections under the hood. The tightness of the battery connections also.
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Check the ground connections under the hood. The tightness of the battery connections also.
Yes, I checked this. The positive side of the battery terminal was a little loose, so I thought I had solved it. No luck..

Will check grounds now. Thank you.
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Everything is in perfect order with the grounds. This is really baffling..

The only additional thing I notice is the ABS light comes on when I try to start.

All fuses look good..
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How did you determine the statis (VOLTS) of the 12v battery.
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How did you determine the statis (VOLTS) of the 12v battery.
I have both a volt stabilizer connected directly to the battery and a voltmeter USB charge port inside the car.
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What is a volt stabilizer? If you drove the car recently and checked the voltage now, it should be over 12.2?
Never mind I googled it.
See if you can get a jump start.
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What is a volt stabilizer? If you drove the car recently and checked the voltage now, it should be over 12.2?
The volt stabilizer is a gimmicky little box that came with a grounding kit I added. You can see it on this page, the little blue box - Voltage Stabilizers Can Increase Power And Torque - Fact Or Fiction - Import Tuner Magazine

I drove it at 8am this morning for about 8 minutes. It then sat for 2hrs and 15m.

They reading 12.4 and 11.9. Theres usually a little difference between the 2 so that doesnt alarm me.
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See if you can get a jump start.
I have a little car jumper thing. Nothing happened with that either...
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This is so strange. I'm no pro mechanic, but competent. I recently changed my clutch master cylinder, so i am not terrible.

Made a quick video to see if it would give you any insight... Pun certainly intended... Lol.

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