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Old 05-31-2011, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Ventura County, Ca
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I just put a new battery in my 95 Accord and the next day, I had to jump start it again several times. I got the battery replaced with another new one and still wouldn't start on its own. Someone suggested it might be a short. Could I please get some help on what this might be. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Alternator

Check if it charges.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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You are at the stage that someone has to test different parts and see whats going on. Possible choices are: Alternator not charging, so the battery gets drained. Poor connection, either at the battery or the ground. Parasitic drain. When you say it does not start, I am assuming it does not crank, because if it cranks then we are talking something else.
All the above could be tested, most parts stores would test your alternator for free in the hopes of selling you one. The connections could be looked at by yourself. The parasitic drain needs a meter. I would not throw parts at the car unless you are pretty sure you are changing the correct part, otherwise it would end up costing more.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:53 AM
 
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Alternator is probably dead.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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When you put in the 2nd new battery, did it start at all or did it do the same thing where it lasted a day or so and then wouldn't work? If the 2nd new battery never could start the car, I would say bad connection somewhere or maybe even a bad starter. If the 2nd new battery worked for a day or so and then died, it's definitely a charging system problem (probably dead alternator).

Mike
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Might be a bad alt with worn brushes, or a bad start motor with worn brushes.

What do you hear when you turn the key to crank the engine over?

Just clicking noises?
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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And also check the serpentine/fan belt. One that is loose or even with a flat spot will sometimes skip just enough to not allow the alternator to charge the battery.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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If it's making the 'clicking' sound and won't turn over with a brand new battery, I'd wager a bet that it was the alternator, too. My local Advance Auto tested my battery and alternator for free (and ended up selling me a battery, which it needed)...I would check one (or a similar store) out in your area.

Best of luck...
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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If it's making the 'clicking' sound and won't turn over with a brand new battery, I'd wager a bet that it was the alternator, too. My local Advance Auto tested my battery and alternator for free (and ended up selling me a battery, which it needed)...I would check one (or a similar store) out in your area.

Best of luck...
That, usually is a sign of a bad starter motor.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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If it's the starter motor you can sometimes get it going by "wiggling" the car a little (Jump up and down in your seat some or move violently back an forth.

My mom used that trick on a Toyota for 4 months before changing out the starter motor and my wife drove her old car for two years. It can be a pain, but it would usually do the trick.
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