Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Saturn (or SE Michigan)
Oh yay...another thread about a starting problem.
My car encountered a charging/starting problem recently; mainly, the battery was nearly dying at long traffic lights during nighttime driving, and the telltale "tick tick tick" of a dying battery while starting the car was encountered a few times.
I replaced the alternator about 1½ weeks ago, since a local shop diagnosed a problem with it. Everything in the starting/charging system tested ok -- except that on a full load, the voltage was drawing from the battery, draining the battery. It was explained that a diode in the alternator was faulty, and causing that situation. After the replacement was installed, all was well.
Several days later, the ticking returned, and starting became nearly impossible (causing Enterprise Rent-a-Car to make a few bucks off me), so I replaced the starter solenoid. All was well.
Until late yesterday/this morning. The ticking started up again! I connected a "jumpstart battery" before continuing to start the car, charged the battery for half a minute, and the car started right up.
A visit to the shop that tested the charging system previously was made; all tests passed! They suggested that it may be a problem with the battery cables...
...which does make sense, though a quick exam shows no corrosion at the points where the cable connects to the battery. I have encountered faulty cables when dealing with stereo and computer components before, so it's possible a battery cable could be failing.
2. Starter solenoid
3. Battery (1/04)
4. Igintion switch (2003?)
I was wondering if anyone else has encountered something similar, and what your remedy was. I'm ready to get new cables, plus "Big 3" them, but I figured I'd research a little before doing so.
Thanks for your input.