Battery went dead, charged it, took it and had it checked, its good. Also tested Alternator and Starter. Got home turned it off and on and it started. Waited 30 minutes and it will not start again. Any idea what to check next?

  • What happens when you turn the key?
    – HandyHowie
    Oct 30, 2018 at 21:26
  • The dash lights come on and when I turn the key they go off and on. It clicks like the battery is low(dead). Oct 30, 2018 at 22:07
  • It was the Camshaft position sensor. It was all gunked up. Oct 31, 2018 at 16:51
  • Deana, there is no way that the Cam Position Sensor could have caused the fault you described in your comment above. Who told you that the sensor was at fault?
    – HandyHowie
    Oct 31, 2018 at 16:55
  • The auto parts place that tested the other things. She said it could be the camshaft position sensor. That if it's going bad and gets stuck it can drain the battery. That is the only thing we worked on so it had to be what the problem was. Nov 1, 2018 at 18:18

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The most likely fault here is that your battery terminal connectors are dirty or loose. Disconnect them from the battery and clean them and the battery terminals with an abrasive (sand paper, wire brush), then reconnect them.

If this doesn't fix it, you need to check the battery voltage using a voltmeter, both with the ignition off (should be at least 12v) and if possible while trying to start it (should stay above 9v).

If the voltage is below 12 with the ignition off, then the battery is probably faulty.

  • Agreed, also worth checking that the ignition switch itself and the thin (usually blue) exciter cable for the starter motor is intact. Oct 31, 2018 at 8:00

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