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No crank after installation of a new battery

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No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by Davewhyte » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:27 pm

Car ran fine, glove box left open, light killed battery. Put new battery in, car wont crank. Tried locking and unlocking doors. Any suggestions?

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by skloon » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:35 pm

Are you getting any power to the car ? if so then the battery may not be charged sufficiently, if not same thing or the plastic protective things may still be on the terminals- loosen the cables wiggle them to bite into the lead terminals a bit and retighten

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by Davewhyte » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:02 pm

Yes, all electrical working. Tested battery, all good. Just wont crank. I put power to starter it turns over. Wondering if it’s an anti-theft issue?

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by Rattnalle » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:38 pm

Poor contact on the terminals can cause strange issues if not enough current can get through. Heard of very similar problems on a Swedish board just the other day. Car would power nicely but nothing happened when cranking except for the rest of the car losing power. Reconnecting the battery and making sure the connections were good and clean solved it.

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by ZionXIX » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:39 pm

I had a similar problem over the Christmas break. I had power to everything but no crank. I had to get out of the vehicle and lock/unlock the car using the primary key.

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by scot850 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:47 pm

ZionXIX makes a good point. Make sure you are trying the car with the primary key and not a valet key.

Check the battery voltage across the battery terminals and check it is giving 12V. These cars don't like low batteries but more than 10V it should be trying to start.

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by Davewhyte » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:19 pm

Thanks, tried all. Still no crank, digging deeper, keep you updated!

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by ecbsykes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:41 pm

If you have a battery charger, give that a shot then try again. Sounds weird, but low batteries can still provide decent power and yet fail to crank.

Try the lock/unlock thing multiple times.
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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by Ozark Lee » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:43 pm

You can try the service start connector. It is a green wire with a red stripe as I recall and it is under the hood, driver's side, sticking out of the harness right by the strut tower. Run a wire from the positive battery terminal to the connector and see if it will crank then. With the key in Position II it should go ahead and start if it cranks.

The service start connector bypasses the immobilizer so that you can focus on which half of the circuit to focus on.

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Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

Post by DeathRex » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:12 am

If you can, check voltage on the battery posts while you crank. On a new battery, it shouldn't get below 9 volts.

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