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No power to car stereo or starter

While installing a new car stereo in my 1999 Saturn SW2, I screwed something up, as I no longer get voltage to the orange "constant power" wire (well, sometimes a mere hundredth of a volt!) to my car stereo, and my engine won't crank either! Yet all of my other electronics (headlights, air conditioner, etc.) work fine. Is there a blown fuse preventing power from getting to the starter and the car stereo? If so, where might the fuse be? The fuses in the fuse box are all fine.
posted by Eiwalker on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Car overheated and died. Is it worth $900 just to test the engine?

Its a 2005 vw jetta TDI. That's a diesel. My radiator light was on. The fluid kept getting low. But the temperature never registered high. Still, I should have known better. The car stalled after a 6 hour trip and won't start. It stalled after coming to a stop while trying to accelerate away from the stop. There was no smoke or flames, but when I checked the coolant reservoir it was dry, and when I added water it boiled. The mechanic said the starter burnt up, and that the starter and the broken coolant pipe must be replaced just to test the engine. That will run me $900. He gave me a 50/50 that the engine is screwed, which means he just doesn't know. Is it worth it? Is my car dead, and I need to accept it and move on?
posted by earley.rose on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

Starter woes?

Car was starting intermittently (power to the dash lights, etc., but zero activity from the starter) as the battery reached the expected end of its life. So, new battery. Same problem. The shop that has the car tells me that a new battery sends a relatively high amount of power to the starter and that this can cause problems with it (gears, etc.) This doesn't sound ludicrous, but I know enough about cars to know how much I don't know. Here's hoping the knowledgeable people (for whom I have vast respect and gratitude) 'round here can share their thoughts. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ambient2 on Apr 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Pinning Excel docs to the taskbar doesn't work with Office upgrade

So I upgraded from Microsoft Office Starter 2010 to Microsoft Office 2010. I uninstalled the Office Starter program. Then things went wrong. Please help! [more inside]
posted by merocet on Jan 26, 2013 - 3 answers

not even a spark

My 1991 Nissan 240sx won't start - it won't even try to turn over. This one is a real mystery; I think it must be the starting circuit, so I'm trying to go through the service manual carefully and check everything. However, I still can't find the issue. Does anyone have any ideas? Details inside on what I've tried so far. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Dec 21, 2012 - 26 answers

I Can't Get Started

The starter on my '92 Dodge Spirit keeps dying, even after I replace it. Why? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 1, 2012 - 9 answers

1 month before work starts: what to do?

I'm starting work soon, any ideas on how I could best spend my time before it starts in one month? This is my second fulltime job since I finished my degree last year, and I'd be far away from home this time. Just wondered if there are worthwhile things to do in this not so short, but not so long period of time. [more inside]
posted by vastopenspaces on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Nothing runs like a Deere, when it runs.

I inherited a 1988 John Deere 160LT Lawn Tractor. It has been difficult to start. I was advised that my battery did not have enough cold cranking amps, sp I bought a more powerful twelve-volt battery today and I still cannot start the mower. I can, however, hear a click inside the engine compartment each time I turn the key. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Mar 23, 2012 - 16 answers

I don't know how to react to compliments. So how do you do it?

I don't know how to react to compliments. So how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jan 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Conversation starters

What is a good wearable conversation-starter? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 26, 2011 - 49 answers

Help me diagnose my 1979 Ford Pickup.

I have a 1979 Ford F100, which once belonged to my father. Since he passed away, it's served as a backup vehicle for an array of relatives, and now it's my turn. Yesterday, I got into the truck and turned the key, and I heard a single "clunk" (not a click-click-click), as if something started moving and then froze up. I tried again, with the same result. The next time, I got a kind of whirring sound, like something spinning free. It's a continuous whirring, rather than a series of attempts to catch. Lights and radio work fine. Jumping it didn't help. I didn't try to roll it off, because I'm loathe to leave it at the bottom of the hill in my slighty sketchy neighborhood; I'll probably try that this weekend, when I can get some help. The battery is relatively new. It started easily up until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by steambadger on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Old hack, new trick?

Netbook/Windows Starter 7 question: What is the filename (and path) for the default, non-changeable background (wallpaper) image? Can I just save what I want as that file and have it use that instead? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I find a good starter kit for motorcycle maintenance/repair tools?

I just purchased a Suzuki SV650 and I want to know where I can find a starter tool kit for maintaining the motorcycle. I bought a Haynes Service Manual/Handbook and want to regularly maintain the bike myself. Changing oil, check spark plugs, air filter, tire pressure, drive chain wear, etc... I would rather not buy all the tools separately one by one as that would not only be more time consuming but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Apr 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Want to make Sourdough Bread

Help from our sourdough bread experts.I want to get my wife a sourdough bread starter and whatever goodies to help in baking a tasty sourdough. Please pass along any tips, books, or info available to get the dough rolling.. By the way can you make a starter at home or is there a really good place to order a starter. Thanks!
posted by Upon Further Review on Dec 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Help me start my jeep

Help me start my car engine. Or at least understand why it won't start. [more inside]
posted by ook on Jul 17, 2009 - 31 answers

Why won't my car start?

Why won't my car start? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Aug 20, 2008 - 25 answers

Don't make me call CarTalk.

Help with my friend's car trouble... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Mar 30, 2008 - 12 answers

My car runs Win98

Ok, on top of the starter issues, my car has begun to idle very strangely... [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Mar 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Is my sourdough starter supposed to do that?

DumbQuestionFilter: Is my sourdough starter supposed to shrink? [more inside]
posted by esilenna on Feb 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Tell me about remote starters for cars.

Tell me about remote starters for cars. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Feb 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Car Wont Start

My Car wont start, It just clicks when i try and eventually stops doing anything! [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Trying to find a specific pair of stretchy Starter shorts!

Anyone know where to buy these simple Starter stretchy shorts? Here's what they look like. [more inside]
posted by ssnickerer on Aug 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Broke down in Berkeley.

My car won't start. [more inside]
posted by sophist on May 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Vicious circle

My car dies periodically and the shop tinkers with it (starter, alternator, battery, etc.) but my mechanic has opined that part of the problem may be that I don't drive it enough. Does anyone have any experience with trickle chargers? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 7, 2007 - 31 answers

Sourdough started, now how to finish?

Is my sourdough starter ready? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Apr 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Start me up! Old Buick needs love.

BuickFilter: I have an '86 Buick Century 4-cylinder (it's the "Iron Duke" motor). Yes, I know, hot. I think I need a new starter. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Apr 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Please help my wounded Civic.

I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 28, 2005 - 16 answers

What's going on with this car's starter?!

MotorFilter: My wife's car's starter is haunted! Twice now, when turning the key to start the car, the engine starts but the starter keeps going, as if I just held the key in the start position. [MI] [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Jan 20, 2005 - 6 answers

Icebreakers

I'm trying to stop asking, "So what do you do?" What are some more interesting conversation starters? What do they ask or say in your area?
posted by callmejay on Dec 23, 2004 - 80 answers

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