I have a 2002 S10 that won't start. I had work done to repair an oil leak, drove it home, and it died. Thought it was maybe the battery, which had, in fact failed. I replaced the battery, and it ran for about a day and a half (less than 10 miles driven), but now it won't crank again. It unlocked with the remote, made a quick chime, and then went silent. It makes no noise whatsoever when the key is turned, and no lights come on at all. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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It sounds as though your new battery is also flat which, in my mind, points to a fault with the alternator. Try charging the battery or jump starting the vehicle, if this works then have the output of the alternator tested.

  • It could also be loose or corroded cables - was this checked and double-checked when putting in the new battery?
    – mike65535
    Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 14:27
  • @mike65535 very true, improperly fitting or corroded battery terminals could certainly cause this type of behaviour Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 15:08

Do you have an electrical meter? What is the voltage across the battery? Won't crank and won't start are 2 different things. If it won't crank, the starter is not getting enough current to turn the engine over. This could be a bad solenoid, or a electrical connection issue to the battery, or a discharged battery. (Other strange causes: starter relay, fuse, ignition switch, wiring issue) Which problem do you have? A meter will tell you. Without it, you will be playing a guessing game. They are cheap.

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