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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Question: Car ran out of gas and now will not start. Won't even turn over??

 

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nitajo36, Bear Creek, NC, August 18, 2012, 14:16
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After running out of gas, I left the blinkers on for about 15 mins so that I could go get gas. When I came back, the car wouldn't even turn over. It just clicks. The clock had reset itself and the inside light was dim so I tried to jump it thinking it was the battery, but that didn't help. Any ideas??

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    August 18, 2012, 18:38
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    Use better jumper cables!! Heaver guage. Sounds like it's time for a new battery
    if ONLY 15 min.with flashers ONLY on ran it down that much.

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    August 19, 2012, 05:51
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    EVEN when using jumper cables of good quality , you should leave them connected for at least 5-10 minutes to allow the battery in the 'dead' car to stabilize a bit so your not potentially doing damage to the host cars alternator. Alternators are not 'jump boxes on wheels' , they are primarily for maintaining a charge level as opposed to recharging a very low battery. Once you get the car running , get it to a SHOP with proper testing equipment and have it tested.If battery is lower grade or more than 4 years old , it will most likely need replacement.

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    pushrod, August 19, 2012, 06:10
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    MAY WANT TO JUST CALL A TOW TRUCK.

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    ziptie12, August 19, 2012, 17:10
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    One with a good battery.

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    pushrod, August 19, 2012, 21:54
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    YEA I AGREE! THAT WOULD BE MY LUCK THAT TOW TRUCK DIED AND BATTERY
    NO GOOD.

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