My 2002 Chevy Malibu will not start. After turning the key to "On", the car beeps 6 times. After the last beep, "cal err" appears on the clock/radio display, and the car beeps an additional 4 times (more quickly this time). Also, no lights appear on the dashboard (e.g. check engine light, lights behind speedometer, etc).

Turning the key to "Start" cause the car to try to start (turns over), but it will not. The battery is fine (clock/radio backlight does not dim).

The car worked fine last night.

It might also be worth noting that it rained all day yesterday, and I did have to roll down the window a couple times in the rain (rain got on the window switches).

What could be causing this, and how can I fix it?


I think you're getting the 'cal err' because your radio lost power. Hopefully you've just got some corroded/loose battery terminals. Try cleaning and tightening them and see if that gets you going. I've seen vehicles act this way due to a loose battery terminal. If that's not it, you've possibly got a problem somewhere in the wiring harness, possibly a bad ground.

  • Hmm, that very well could be the case. I've had an issue with corroded battery terminals pretty often (a retired Chevy mechanic told me it was common with side terminals). It threw me off when the radio was still bright and no engine lights came on at all. I'll try this out soon :) Thanks! – 0b10011 Oct 10 '12 at 23:16
  • Terminals didn't turn out to be the issue. I'll look into the wiring harness later. – 0b10011 Oct 12 '12 at 23:46
  • updating 1,000 views and 5 years later This was several years ago, but if I recall correctly, this pointed me in the right direction and I had to get the cables that connect to the battery replaced. – 0b10011 Jun 27 '17 at 19:55

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