02-16-2007, 02:28 PM
Join Date: May 2003
Location: ChiTown, IL
The Jeep!!! He Is Dead! D. E. D. Dead!
So the Jeep would occasionally need a battery charge (even though its a new optima)... i figured it was the amp drawing power while the Jeep was off... but now!
I go to start it, its dead. I jump start it, and it seems to run fine. Then I drive it down the street, turn on the lights, and it dies, just plop. dies while its moving. No power whatsoever, none.
None of the dash lights even come on.
When I try to jump start it again, it wont... its as if though the other car isnt providing enough power. The starter barely even turns, its very very lathargic.
I tried 2 vehicles, none could jump my Jeep.
I charged the battery with a battery charger for 3 hours and still none of the dash lights even come on when I turn the key.
Its almost as if though the connections are bad, but I checked, and theyre fine.
Why would it not start when jumping though?
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02-16-2007, 02:31 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
check your grounds
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02-16-2007, 03:08 PM
Join Date: May 2004
I once witnessed the exact problem you were having and a new battery resolved the problem.
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02-16-2007, 03:10 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Park City, Utah
As mentioned, check all your grounds and cable connections. You might have a loose one or a corroded one.
Seeing as it died when you were driving, I suspect the alternator also.
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02-16-2007, 03:21 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Sounds like your battery has one or more bad cells. With a completely dead battery, jumping thru cables often won't give enough juice. Test the battery.
02-16-2007, 03:25 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
pull the battery and run up to a battery store, get it tested, or try swapping in another to see if it makes any difference....then go from there....
02-16-2007, 03:45 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Sounds a lot like a bad battery to me! Optimas aren't immune to going bad either. as the poster above said.
I'd double check the grounds coming off the battery though. Check all of them.
02-16-2007, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: sycamore, IL, IL
Check the Battery and the ALt. A lot of places will test them for free.