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Battery or starter
1999 Acura TL

Battery or starter

(1999 Acura TL)
1999 acura tL has been sitting but I will start it up let it for ten min. i drove it one day then it wouldnt start it would just click. i got a jump.went it would always start till today i let it run for ten min.then went to start it it wont start it just click.lights are on the horn will blow.
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Could be starter, ignition switch electrical portion, bad connections, or starter. It could be a bad or unsecured battery ground cable between the battery and chassis or chassis and engine. Turn on the ignition switch to the on but not run position do you see an icon on the instrument panel representing a battery, if you do not see this battery icon the alternator is not seeing power to allow it to charge. Start the engine does the battery icon go out. Put a volt meter across the battery terminals with the engine off, at rest the battery voltage should be 12.6 volts if the battery is fully charged. If in doubt have the battery charged and tested. Now get a friend to start the car while you watch the voltmeter, the voltage reading across the battery should read approximately 14.6 volts if the alternator is charging correctly.
When the car won't start check for power at the small connection at the starter when the key is turned to the starter position, if its got power under that condition the starter is bad.
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Could be starter, ignition switch electrical portion, bad connections, or starter. It could be a bad or unsecured battery ground cable between the battery and chassis or chassis and engine. Turn on the ignition switch to the on but not run position do you see an icon on the instrument panel representing a battery, if you do not see this battery icon the alternator is not seeing power to allow it to charge. Start the engine does the battery icon go out. Put a volt meter across the battery terminals with the engine off, at rest the battery voltage should be 12.6 volts if the battery is fully charged. If in doubt have the battery charged and tested. Now get a friend to start the car while you watch the voltmeter, the voltage reading across the battery should read approximately 14.6 volts if the alternator is charging correctly.
When the car won't start check for power at the small connection at the starter when the key is turned to the starter position, if its got power under that condition the starter is bad.
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