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Unread 02-16-2007, 02:28 PM   #1
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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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Unread 02-16-2007, 02:31 PM   #2
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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:08 PM   #3
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I once witnessed the exact problem you were having and a new battery resolved the problem.
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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:10 PM   #4
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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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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:21 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:25 PM   #6
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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....
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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:39 PM   #7
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i had a 6 month old optima that went bad...advanced auto tested it for me (it was under their warranty). sure enough the battery was bad, so they gave me a new one.
(unfortunately my warranty only covers 1yr from original purchase date, so if this one goes bad after june, I'm SOL)

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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:45 PM   #8
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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.
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Unread 02-16-2007, 03:52 PM   #9
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Check the Battery and the ALt. A lot of places will test them for free.
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