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??
Car ran out of gas and now will not start. Won't even turn over?? on 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
by nitajo36 in Bear Creek, NC on August 18, 2012
2 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by pushrod on August 18, 2012
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.
ANSWER by ziptie12 on August 19, 2012
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.
MAY WANT TO JUST CALL A TOW TRUCK.
COMMENT by ziptie12 on August 19, 2012
One with a good battery.
YEA I AGREE! THAT WOULD BE MY LUCK THAT TOW TRUCK DIED AND BATTERY NO GOOD.