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A how-to guide to jumpstart your vehicle in the event of a dead battery. You'll need jumper cables, safety glasses, and a properly starting car.
How to Clean Battery Connections
Cleaning your battery connections, especially if the terminals are corroded, will help ensure the battery lasts longer and performs well.
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How to Change a Car Battery
Changing your car battery is a simple and easy automotive repair that you can actually accomplish yourself with the right preparation and a little physical strength. While most people realize...
How to Deal With a Dead Battery
If your battery appears to be dead, try a few steps to start your car before determining if it needs to be replaced or towed.
How to Care for Your Car Battery
How How to Care For Your Car Battery Your car’s battery tends to be neglected until there you have difficulty starting your car, and it is usually when the weather...
How to Fix a Car That Won’t Start
Having a car that doesn't start is frustrating. Try a battery test, fuel pump test, and check the spark plugs to help get your car started again.
How to Buy a Battery for Your Car
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How to Change Battery Cables
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How to Buy RV Batteries
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How to React If Your Battery Light is On
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Electric Cars and How They Work
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How to Attach a Car Battery-Mounted Power Cut-off Switch
Many people who store their vehicle for a length of time like to disconnect the battery from the electrical system of the vehicle. This prevents the vehicle from unintentionally draining the...
How to Replace a Key Fob Battery
Key fobs allow easy access to your car. Once the key fob battery is weak or dead you'll lose your fob's ability to control remote functions.
10 Best Miniature Jumper Packs For Your Car
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3 Ways to Increase Car Battery Life
Car battery life is 2 to 6 years. Extend the life of your car battery with regular maintenance and turning off the headlights when the engine is off.
How to Replace a Car Battery Temperature Sensor
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Why does my car loose RPM when I'm driving?
Hi there. First check all of the fluids and make sure that they are full and top off all low fluids. Then check the battery and make sure that it has a full charge of 12.6 volts. If the voltage...
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Why do I need to charge my car's battery ever week or two but I cannot find an obvious problem withe the electronic system.
If you are starting the car and only operating it for a very short period, such short duration operation does not give the car's charging system sufficient time to re-charge the battery. Consequently, repeated short trips, especially in cold weather...
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Is it possible to take used key fob and reprogram it?
Hi there. You could reprogram a key fob to a different vehicle as long as the key is the same for the vehicle. In this case, if the key can go into the doors and unlock them, then you would...
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I have a 2011 kia optima I can crank it it will run for like 2 seconds and then it dies.
Hi there. First check the battery and make sure that there is a full charge of 12.6 volts. If the battery is low on a charge, then the battery should be placed on a charger or the battery is to...
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How to change my vehicle battery?
Hi there. With the battery cable clamps loose, take a flat screwdriver and gently pry open the clamps. Make sure that you do not touch the posts together or touch the frame to the vehicle. Then twist the battery cable...
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Need a new starter?
Based on what you are describing, and if you have a new, fully charged battery, either there is a problem in the circuit supplying the starter motor (ignition switch, wiring, relay, fuse, etc.) or the starter motor/solenoid is faulty. Keep...
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For what reason is my car grinding and forcing itself to turn off at low RPM's?
Hi there. The battery could be low on a charge. Check the voltage of the battery and if it's lower than 12.4 volts it will need to charged or replaced. for the grinding noise that you are hearing, either the...
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It got really cold the next morning. I went to start my car and my belt will not turn. I drove it the day before the cold no problem.
Hi there. There could be a few things that could be going on. Either the battery was low on a charge or low on water and froze up causing the vehicle not to start up, or when the oil change...
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Won't start and has not electrical power.
Hi there. Check the battery and see if there is a voltage. If there is not voltage or a very little voltage, then I recommend replacing the battery. If there is a voltage and it is lower than 12.4 volts,...
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My battery is not fully charged and gradually decreasing with decrease in temperature in my 2012 Prius
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a programming issue. I have seen these cars need to be re-programmed for issues with the batteries not fully charging in cold weather. If the vehicles computer have not been updated...
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My car will not start or turn over.
Hello, thank you for writing in. We need to start by looking into the battery and the charging system one more time. The first thing to turn your attention to is the battery cables. You mentioned that corrosion was present...
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my car wont start the battery
Hello, It sounds like you may have something wrong in terms of a fuel supply issue. Since the car started once, generally this means it does have spark and that there are not ignition problems preventing it from firing. It...
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changed altenator, still no power going to battery
If the alternator is "new", and thus presumably good, the vehicle engine is running, the alternator drive belt is appropriately tightened, and yet you are not getting around 14.5 volts of charging current at the battery posts, that means there...
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car is not cranking, wont start.
Usually when the car will not crank but has power to other systems, the starter is a possible cause of this issue. Considering that you have had the vehicle for 9 years and never changed the battery, it is also...
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Car won't turn over
The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the battery passes a load test be sure it is NOT a marginal pass in which case you...
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Truck won't turn over
The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the battery passes a load test be sure it is NOT a marginal pass in which case you...
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My car keeps dying after a jump
The problem sounds like the alternator stopped charging. The battery being dead may have overloaded the alternator since they are designed to maintain the battery and run the accessories, not recharge a battery and run all the accessories. I would...
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will not start
You possibly have a dead battery but sometimes one can have both a dead battery and a weak (dying) starter motor. Batteries that are somewhat dead can often still run lights, dash lights and so forth but will not have...
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My battery was tested and when I jump it the truck starts, take them off and it dies instantly.
If the car starts and runs with the use of a "jumper" battery, but stalls immediately when you remove that battery, that means your battery is dead and, as well, there could be something wrong with your charging system. Of...
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Charging System Not Working (Alternator is not kicking in)
The battery should be load tested by a professional. Load testing can only be reliably performed on a fully charged battery. If the battery passes a load test, you have to be sure it is NOT a marginal pass in...

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