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Vehicle was running fine same day prior to storm and never had any indication of battery or power issues. Then we had a thunder storm and there was a significant strike close by over head with no actual ground contact and when I went out after the storm my jeep wouldn't start. There was enough power for radio and dash lights but it wouldn't turn over. It would take a boost though, but not keep the charge. Can an overhead lightning burst cause damage to a car battery? I was thinking it was some kind of fluke EMP burst.

  • Welcome to the site @George, what makes you sure there was no ground contact? – GdD Jul 31 '18 at 14:49
  • Might want to check the alternator. Could be the alternator died. Had enough power to get there, but not enough to restart. – rpmerf Jul 31 '18 at 20:08
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Batteries die eventually, often when you least expect them to die. Might be completely casual and unrelated. Try a new battery.

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    +1 While electrical damage from lightning strikes is a possibility a battery ought to be the least affected one. As long as radio and dash lights won't indicate an error I would exclude lightning strikes/EMP like stuff.. – Martin Jul 31 '18 at 19:32
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    Yeah, EMP is Death for solid state electronics, and car batteries surely don't contain solid state electronics. – Al_ Jul 31 '18 at 19:50

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