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Florida Dave

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to summarize a previous post- gave a jump to someone, got home, shut off the car, 20 min later everything worked until the key got to the start position--two clicks from under the hood-nearly simultaneously-and all power quits, no lights, no power until I remove and reattach the battery cables. Have charged the battery, removed and checked the starter, removed a 5 pin relay from behind the control unit under hood(think its for the wipers-two adjacent pins have continuity, thought that was a fault) disconnected the altenator and tried to start it only with the same results. Show continuity from the control unit hot leads to the engine block. AND with only the positive cable attached I put multi tester leads on Neg terminal and the engine block and read 12+ volts. WTF? HELP!!!!


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start with the easiest first, check your coolant level and top it off if needed. then let your car idle until it comes up to operating temp and CAREFULLY check your coolant level again. if it is low you will have to examine all hoses and connections for leaks. after that the other possibilities are a bad thermostat or a radiator fan malfunction. describe the conditions at the time; stop and go traffic/ long periods of idling/ air conditioner on or off/ etc.


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had the started checked and it was ok. still have 12.45 voltage drop neg terminal to block while battery is at 12.65v. I have no idea where the grounding is or what may be causing it. HELP any ideas? anyone...anyone...anyone...always did like Ben Stone


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provided a jumpstart to another, drove home and after turning my car off it won't restart. disconnected the battery and charged it. connected the terminals and noticed the voltage drop. meter lead from negative terminal and engine block reads 12.69 volts. power was on again until the key was turned to start. heard a click from somewhere and all power was off. all fuses are ok, two relays under left side of dash appear to be ok. oh, had trouble months ago with after market viper security unit and dissabled that by removing a long contact bar which bypassed the units cut-off and the car started as normal. now where is the grounding fault?


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