New battery, no power?
January 24, 2013 2:32 PM Subscribe
Please help me think through this car battery problem. I have a new battery, but no car power. Details inside.
posted by griseus to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total)
We just moved to Indiana from Florida and are experiencing single digit temperatures for the first time. Our 2003 Buick Rendezvous was having trouble starting, so I replaced the battery today.
After replacing the battery, I turned the key, it clicked twice and then started. I turned off the car and went about my business.
A couple of hours later, I went to start the car and nothing happened. No clicking noise, no internal lights, nothing. Absolutely no battery power as far as I could tell.
I hooked up the battery to a battery charger/jump starter. As soon as I did this, the interior lights came on. The battery charger said that the battery was fully charged, but when I turned the key, nothing happened. No starting, no clicking sound, nothing. As soon as I disconnected the battery charger, the internal lights went off.
So I'm at a loss. It seems like if the battery weren't making a good connection, then hooking the charger up wouldn't power the internal lights. If the battery were totally dead, then the charger wouldn't indicate that it's fully charged. What am I missing?