Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: New battery, will not turn over.

asked by on

I just got a new battery but when I try to turn it over it winds slowly like its dead. Fuses look good, cables are secured tightly to battery posts.

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. First we want to check the condition of the charging and starting systems. Check the battery cables and make sure they are not corroded. Also make sure that the battery’s ground connection is tight. Next you may want to turn to the starter and make sure it is working correctly. Tap lightly on the starter while someone cranks over the engine. Do this very carefully as to not get caught up in any moving parts. If the starter function improves, the starter has failed and needs to be replaced. If the issue persists, you will want to consider what prompted you to change the battery and reconsider the original issue. The starting system is not terribly complicated when and a no-start should be relatively easy to diagnose.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Misfiring cylinder

When the on-board diagnostic system picks out specific cylinders for misfires, the ignition and fuel delivery systems must be inspected. A misfire on a single cylinder may involve the spark plug or fuel injector related to that cylinder. In the...

Q: Overheated '98 Mazda

If it got that hot, it may have destroyed the engine entirely. I would advise have a mechanic check it out and do some compression testing and tell you if it is worthwhile going any further or not - before...

Q: should I disconnect the battery?

Hello. Thank you for writing in. There is absolutely no issue with disconnecting the battery while you are gone. It also gives added protection from it be stolen while you are away. If you choose to disconnect the battery, take...

Related articles

P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.