Q: Wont start, new battery, new alternator

asked by on

i have an 2001 for explorer with the v6 SOHC, drove it from colorado to minnesota and had no issues, but shortly after getting back i started having issues with it, brought it to a local mechanic and found out the fuel pump and fuel filter needed to be replaced, so got it done. 2 days later started have issues again, i put a fully charged brand new battery with 800 CA in it and dont even get a crank, just clicking, but if i jump it with cables it will start and run just fine. So i let it get to running temp. and then turn it off, go to try and start it again and the battery is completely dead. Im no mechanic but i have worked on cars for many years on my own and never ran into this issue, if you could point me in the right direction i would really appreciate it. thank you for your time. Lenny

My car has 140000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

From what you’ve described, you may have a bad battery cable.The clamp and cable may not be making good connection inside of the clamp where the cable goes into it.

You can test this with a voltmeter by measuring the voltage drop in the cables and grounds on the engine. A bad cable will cause the problem you’re having and a cable end or cable replacement will fix the problem in most cases.

If you need any assistance with this, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home and diagnose your starting issue firsthand for an accurate repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Wont start, new battery, new alternator

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: My car is hard to start - do I have bad battery cables?

Hi there: If you turn the key on your Jeep and the engine cranks over every time, then the starting problem is most likely not the battery cables. However, if you turn the key and it takes a few times...

Q: What happens if you turn your wheel completely and turn it off

The position of the steering wheel has no effect on starting the car. It is just a coincidence that the car doesn't after you turned the wheel to a particular position. If the starter motor is not even cranking the...

Q: Allison trans in 2001 gmc 2500hd will sometimes "whistle" when put in reverse

It is possible that there could be a restriction in the flow of transmission fluid when in reverse. I would recommend a power transmission flush to resolve that issue. It is also possible that there could be an issue with...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...