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This is a discussion on starting problem within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; First of all over the last 6 months I have replaced the battery, alternator & starter (in that order). Everything ...

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    First of all over the last 6 months I have replaced the battery, alternator & starter (in that order). Everything has been fine until this morning when I tried to leave for work it wouldn't start and I had to jump it off. I went to start it a few minutes ago and it acted as though it was going to start and then everything went dead as a hammer as soon as I turned the key. Now nothing is working. Anyone have any suggestions???

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    Why did you replace the battery, and alt? Were you having problems?
    Sounds like just a dead battery, get it running again and have the system load tested. That will test the entire charging system. Local parts stores do it for free. Do you have a multimeter? You can also check it that way. Are your battery terminals good and tight? Clean?
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    Yeah it was actually my alternator that was pulling the battery down but I didn't figure that out until it was too late. Then two weeks ago my starter went out and I figured no big deal it's 10 years old afterall but now I don't know what's going on.

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    So the battery was drained by the alt previously? The battery might be done, have the system checked and see if you have a warranty on the battery.
    Which alt did you replace it with?
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    That's what I was thinking. I replaced it with a new one from Advance (pallidium or something like that). I doubt the battery has a warranty b/c I got it from walmart b/c they were the only place open at the time and I had to get to work.

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    Since you had already replaced the battery and alt I would look more at the cables first. Check your cable ends and make sure they're not corroded. Might look fine on the outside but peel back a little bit of the insulator and look at the wires just past the connectors and make sure they aren't corroded.

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    I know that before I replaced the alternator that it was already draining my new battery so I hope that's what it is but I do wonder if one of my wires that run right next to the aftermarket headers going to the starter haven't went bad. I'm going to check that first before I leave work today.

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    I'm a dumbass....I didn't tighten the positive terminal down good. Guess I over thought that one!!!!

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    Mine just did the EXACT SAME THING!!!

    I don't think it has to do with the battery. I pushed and pulled the cables and it came on. No battery problems prior. Ran fine after going through the computers relearn cycle. Shut it off, then it started normal a couple times, then it was dead.
    What happens is it gets all the lights on as you turn the key... then it just dies. Then it is all dead.
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