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    The car won't start or anything

    It's something electrical. Took it out after work yesterday to the store, started just fine, started just fine leaving the store to come back home. Get it backed into the garage, shut it off. I get out, notice I have more room to back up, so I get back in, try to start the car, it clicks and nothing. Dead as a doornail. No interior lights, nothing works. Tried jumping the battery with the Honda, and at first, noticed the security light was blinking like it always does then I open the door, while the cars are hooked up and the Honda running. I'm thinking, good, it might be fine, try to start it, I get a click, and then, dead. The jump failed. Something's amiss. Checked the PCM/IGN fuse to make sure it wasn't blown, and it's fine. After telling my story to both Y2K and another friend, they both say it's likely the alternator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiggyZ View Post
    It's something electrical. Took it out after work yesterday to the store, started just fine, started just fine leaving the store to come back home. Get it backed into the garage, shut it off. I get out, notice I have more room to back up, so I get back in, try to start the car, it clicks and nothing. Dead as a doornail. No interior lights, nothing works. Tried jumping the battery with the Honda, and at first, noticed the security light was blinking like it always does then I open the door, while the cars are hooked up and the Honda running. I'm thinking, good, it might be fine, try to start it, I get a click, and then, dead. The jump failed. Something's amiss. Checked the PCM/IGN fuse to make sure it wasn't blown, and it's fine. After telling my story to both Y2K and another friend, they both say it's likely the alternator.
    have you tried a battery charger or jumper cables? what about a small fire?

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    May sound too simple but mine did the same thing recently and it was just corrosion where the battery cables screw into the battery. Wire brush and connection cleaner fixed her up.

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    Check the battery voltage/connections first.

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    Yes, I'm going to look that over this evening. Wouldn't that be great if that's all the problem is.

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    so what happened...?

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    Haven't done anything yet. I got too tied up. Will keep everyone posted though.

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    if you have a bad connection dirty and corrosion get some coke and that will fix that problem it will eat the acid then make sure it is nice and tight

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    Quote Originally Posted by TA421 View Post
    if you have a bad connection dirty and corrosion get some coke and that will fix that problem it will eat the acid then make sure it is nice and tight
    ive heard that coke thing many times but never tried it

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    Well ladies and germs, all is fine now. It was corrosive gunk built up at the positive post. I disconnected it from the battery and as soon as it came off, some white powdery junk fell off so I took a wire brush to the connector and the input on the battery to get any leftover gunk off and then inserted the connector back in (it drew a small spark so that was promising) then upon pushing it in further, the rear hatch popped up. Tightened it back on, then went to open the door and lights inside came on, security light on the dash blinking, checked the headlights, they came on. So I started it up and let it run for a bit.

    Thanks all for the advice.

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    glad is was something simple!! i know i got some battery terminal cleaner from like autozone or advance that works real good . . you may try it if you have the same problem again!

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    coke works GREAT i have done it a few times on different cars as well as mine you dont have to take anything off just pour it on and watch it work and the best thing , you already have it in the house if not it is still cheap enough to use and then you get to finsh the can lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by TA421 View Post
    coke works GREAT i have done it a few times on different cars as well as mine you dont have to take anything off just pour it on and watch it work and the best thing , you already have it in the house if not it is still cheap enough to use and then you get to finsh the can lol
    good point . . . im gonna have to try it!! can it be pepsi?

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    I know Coke works but no soft drink is gonna get poured in my engine bay. I'm as anal about it being clean as Y2K is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiggyZ View Post
    Well ladies and germs, all is fine now. It was corrosive gunk built up at the positive post. I disconnected it from the battery and as soon as it came off, some white powdery junk fell off so I took a wire brush to the connector and the input on the battery to get any leftover gunk off and then inserted the connector back in (it drew a small spark so that was promising) then upon pushing it in further, the rear hatch popped up. Tightened it back on, then went to open the door and lights inside came on, security light on the dash blinking, checked the headlights, they came on. So I started it up and let it run for a bit.

    Thanks all for the advice.

    told ya!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    told ya!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiggyZ View Post
    I know Coke works but no soft drink is gonna get poured in my engine bay. I'm as anal about it being clean as Y2K is.
    I saw a show called mythbusters and they used Coke to clean the rust off a chrome bumper! I cant see using it on my chrome TTM's though.

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    Baking soda and water works well too. Just use a small brush and it will clean the connections.

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    Crazy things you cando with Coke

    this is a must you have to see Everything that coke can be used for

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    just copy and paste and enjoy a nice cold can as you read all the wonderful things this stuff can do

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