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loss of power

Old 12-29-2005, 09:16 PM
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I need help trying to figure out why my car is dying. Here is what is happening. When I go to start my car when it has sat for over a couple of hours it just clicks at me. It is the same clicking sound that you get when the starter dies. But its not the starter though. I'll put a jump on the car and it'll slowly turn over and start. The car runs fine after that for a while. Until the AWS system system shuts off. When my idle is at 700 and I have the lights on the car's power fluctuates. The lights will flutter. When I am sitting at a stop light or am just stopped the car will want to die. The lights go dim and the volt meter will go down. I was testing it in my garage and the cad died. When i'm just driving around the volt meter is around 12. I checked the battery and it is good. I also checked the alternator with the car running and it was sending power to the battery. I'm thinking that is is something to do with a bad electrical connection. But i'm not sure what. I cleaned the battery terminals and everything is connected. I'm not sure where to start. I"m going to start looking at every postive because I know my main grounds are strong. So if you guys have any ideas on where to start looking that would be helpful. thanks
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:48 PM
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Battery could be weak, the alt could be shot, combination of both, but I would monkey around witht eh battery cables.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:17 PM
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my t2 did this too, new battery, new s5 alt, and that helped but didnt fix it. i ended up replacing the alternator/battery cables in a 3 rotor swap, that did fix it, and it was fine when i put the 13b back into it. so id say look at the battery cables/fuse box
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:21 AM
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thanks, thats where i'm going to start looking. I'm hoping its something as simple as bad wires to the battery and not something else.
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Old 12-30-2005, 09:13 PM
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well i fixed it i guess. I cleaned the battery terminals and connectors. I also looked around my car for bad connections and broken wires. I found a wire near my transmission that was cut so I rewired it and it starts up again. So I hope I fixed it. Thanks fellas.
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