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Old 08-27-2013, 05:27 AM
 
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Hi all!

Hoping to get some advice although I will be seeking a mechanic.

My 99 Civic won't start. At first I thought it was because I didn't have my foot on the break when I tried to start it because something did pop up that said the break was engaged (if I'm remembering correctly).

When I turn the key to start the car I just hear a click and the dash lights dim. Sometimes the radio comes on sometimes it doesn't.

Any guesses on what this could be?

Thanks,

trishguard
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Louisville, K.Y.
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Dead battery. Get a boost from somebody. Then bring your car to auto zone and have the battery tested. They will tell you what you need.

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Old 08-27-2013, 07:12 AM
 
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1. Bad battery.
2. Bad battery connection.
3. Bad starter solenoid.
4. The Apocalypse.


#1 is most likely, #4 is least likely.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Yep, the most probable reasons have been listed. How old is your battery ? Usually they will give you a little warning that they are going to go bad and if you ignore it they don't give you a second chance.

As was suggested, jump it, drive to AutoZone or Advance Auto, they will put it on their tester for free and tell you what is what. Could even be corroded or loose battery terminals.

Don
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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Learn to use a voltmeter. Measure the car's battery voltage. 12.75 volts is fully charged with nothing on.

A battery can lose its charge because something was left on like headlights. Or because the alternator, which keeps the battery charged, is no longer working.

If an alternator problem, the alternator can be replaced and the battery charged with a car battery charger.

You can tell the alternator is working by measuring the battery voltage after starting the vehicle. It will go up to 13 or 14 volts (DC) after starting.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:33 AM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Gotta be the battery, or something draining the battery.. But if the battery is more than a couple years old it should be replaced anyway. Heat makes batteries fail as well as the cold. Loose or corroded battery posts will do this too.

But if you still have power and its a manual, at least you can pop start it.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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Thank you guys for all your help! I'll look into this voltmeter and learn to use it as suggested. By the way, you all called it correctly. It was the battery. And I did ignore signs that something was wrong and got burned (stranded). I won't make that mistake again.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Its probably the connections because your dash lights come on when you turn the car on, so you're batter is probably good. But of course a multimeter will answer that question.

Buy some battery cleaner and a wire brush. Clean the connections really good and it should work.
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