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How to Diagnose Car Battery and Starter Problems

Watch more How to Make Simple Car Repairs videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/394209-How-to-Fix-a-Car-Window Use these tips to diagnose your car's battery and starter problems. Step 1: Turn on your ignition Turn on your ignition if your car engine won't turn over. Listen carefully to any sound produced. Step 2: Consider a dead battery Consider the possibility of a dead battery. If trying to start the engine only produces a "click" sound, this may be the case. If you left your car lights on the night before, the battery could have gone dead, and you'll need to have the battery jump-started. If the battery is very old you may have to get a new one. Tip Car batteries typically only last 3 to 5 years. Step 3: Consider a possible alternator problem Consider a possible alternator problem if turning on the ignition produces a whining sound, but you have a newer battery. If the alternator is bad, it will not charge the battery when you drive the car. You can use jumper cables and another battery to start the car, but the same problem will occur again. Have the alternator checked and replaced if necessary. Step 4: Consider a possible starter problem Consider a possible starter problem. If you hear a click when you turn on the ignition and the problem is not due to your battery, the starter's solenoid may have a weak spot inside. If so, the starter will not be able to produce enough current to start your engine, and you will have to have it replaced. Step 5: Visit a mechanic Visit a mechanic if you're having trouble determining the sound your car is making. It's always better to be safe than sorry! Did You Know? The Oxford Electric Bell, a battery-powered bell at the University of Oxford in England, has been ringing almost continuously since 1840.


 


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How to Jump-Start Your Car
Watch more Driving & Car Safety videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/316941-How-to-Avoid-Speeding-Tickets There’s nothing more frustrating than getting into your car, turning the key, and—nothing. The good news is that a quick jump-start is just a jumper cable away. Warning Never attempt to jump-start a battery that is frozen, cracked, or damaged in any way. It could explode when connected to another battery. Step 1: Position cars Position the working car as close to the 'dead' car as possible. Ideally, that means hood to hood with a few inches in between. Step 2: Turn off both engines Turn off both engines. Tip Never light a match or smoke near a car battery. The battery contains hydrogen, a highly explosive gas. Step 3: Open hoods of both cars Open the hoods of both cars. Step 4: Identify terminals on car batteries Identify the positive and negatives terminals on both car batteries. They will be labeled with a plus sign for positive and minus sign for negative. Step 5: Connect red clamp to dead battery Connect one of the red clamps on the jumper cables to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Step 6: Connect red clamp to working battery Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the working car’s battery. Step 7: Connect black clamp to working battery Connect the black clamp on the jumper cables to the negative terminal on the working car’s battery. Step 8: Clip black clamp to dead car's engine Clip the remaining black clamp to a clean metal part of the dead car’s engine to ground the circuit. Step 9: Attempt to start dead car Attempt to start the dead car. If it doesn't start, disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order: first the black clamps (starting with the once-dead car), then the red clamps (starting with the working car). Start the engine of the working car and allow it to run for about five minutes to Boost its battery. Step 10: Attempt to start again Turn off the working car and again attempt to jump the dead car by connecting the cables -- in order -- and starting the ignition. Step 11: Disconnect jumper cables Once the car starts, disconnect all the clamps in the reverse order. Step 12: Charge battery or go to repair shop If you’re confident that your dead battery was just drained by accident, keep your car running to charge it back up -- otherwise, go directly to a repair shop without shutting off the engine, or you risk having the battery die on you again. Did You Know? Contrary to popular belief, heat -- not cold -- is the most common cause of car battery breakdowns.





How to Test an Alternator
Watch more How to Take Care of Your Car videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/356280-How-to-Inflate-Car-Tires Your vehicle's alternator is a vital component because it assists in charging your battery. Test your alternator to make sure your battery will continue to charge. Step 1: Find the battery Locate your car's battery, usually located on the left side of the engine if you're facing the front of the car. If it's not there, check the right side. Some cars even have their batteries under a seat in the middle of the car. Tip Consult the owner's manual for your vehicle if you can't find the battery. Step 2: Connect at the voltmeter Connect the voltmeter to the battery while the car is off. Connect the red positive wire on the meter to the positive battery terminal, and connect the black wire on the meter to a bare metal grounding source, such as a nut or bolt on your car's frame. Step 3: Read the battery's voltage Read the voltage on the meter to determine how many volts your battery is producing. Twelve is average, and if goes much lower than 11, you need a replacement. Step 4: Turn the engine on Disconnect all wires and turn the engine on and reconnect the meter to the battery. Step 5: Read the voltage Read the voltage on the meter as the car is running. If the voltage with the car running is higher than the voltage when the engine is off, then the alternator is fine. If it's lower, your alternator needs to be repaired or replaced. Did You Know? Americans buy almost 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year.





How to Treat & Prevent Car Battery Corrosion Problems
Watch more How to Take Care of Your Car videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/422961-How-to-Clean-Car-Battery-Terminals Corrosion on battery terminals can reduce the effectiveness of a car battery. There are simple ways to eliminate the white or bluish corrosive fuzz and keep your electrical connections in good working order. Warning Car batteries contain sulfuric acid, which is highly caustic. Wear gloves and goggles or a face shield when working with them. Step 1: Remove battery cables Remove the battery cables from the battery terminals by loosening the nut on each cable clamp. Use vice grips to remove the battery cables if there is a lot of corrosion on the battery. Tip Always remove the cable clamp from the negative terminal first. Step 2: Apply some baking soda Place some baking soda on the terminal posts. Dip a toothbrush in water and scrub the baking soda into the terminal posts and cable clamps. Dry everything with a clean, disposable, lint-free rag. Tip If the toothbrush doesn't do the trick, purchase a battery terminal cleaner brush from an auto parts store. Clean the insides of the cable clamps with the cleaner packaged with the brush. Step 3: Add some grease Place some grease or petroleum jelly on the posts, battery cables, and clamps. This will slow down the formation of corrosive deposits. Step 4: Replace the clamps Replace the positive clamp first, followed by the negative one. Cover the positive terminal with a rubber boot or plastic shield. Step 5: Check the water level Check the battery's water level every few months. Refill with distilled water to the bottom of the refill hole as needed. Don't use tap water, which will corrode the terminals. Did You Know? Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries each year that power toys, cell phones, watches, laptops, and portable power tools.





How to Fix a Car Window
Watch more How to Make Simple Car Repairs videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/394210-How-to-Fix-a-Car-Starter Power windows are great until they quit working. Here's how to fix one. Warning Be careful not to smash fingers in the window gears, and wear rubber gloves and safety goggles for protection when disassembling and repairing a car window. Step 1: Replace blown fuse If more than one window is on the fritz, try replacing the fuse first. Otherwise, leave the fuse disconnected for safety while you inspect the window's inner workings. Tip If you hear the motor trying to work when you press the up or down window controls, it's probably not a blown fuse. Step 2: Remove door panels Use a panel removal tool to pry off the panels on the inside of the car door and pull back the coverings to gain access to the mechanics inside. Use a screwdriver to remove any screws needed to get the coverings off. Tip Make a note of where to put the screws back later. Step 3: Check for jam Look at the gears inside to see if a jammed cable may be keeping your window off track so that it is stuck down or up. If so, set it back on track. Tip Consult electrical wiring diagrams for your car in the manual to learn how the window functions. Step 4: Follow the wiring Follow the wiring to search for any corroded connectors or switches that may be keeping your window's motor from working, and replace any bad ones. Tip Use a voltmeter to test the voltage at each point along the wiring. Step 5: Fix bad gaskets Replace or repair the seal on any loose or faulty gaskets if the window won't roll up or sticks in some places. Step 6: Consider a new motor If your window needs a new motor, decide whether you can replace it yourself, which will depend on your mechanical experience, available tools, and the type of car. Step 7: Reassemble Reassemble the window and door parts, using contact cement to hold the plastic insulating layer in place if necessary. Enjoy your working windows! Did You Know? Windshields were first added to vehicles in 1904. If the windshield became dirty or obstructed the view of the driver, it could be split in two, allowing the debris to fall off the top half of the glass.





How to Test and Troubleshoot a Starter Problem
Car won't start? Don't pay a mechanic! Learn how to diagnose an automobile no-start condition by performing simple battery load and voltage drop tests using a multimeter, plus tips and advice for all levels of auto repair experience, including DIY. Sponsored by BBB Industries - makers of premium alternators and starters that meet or exceed OE form, fit and function. http://www.BBBind.com Related Videos... How to Remove & Replace a Starter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwdtfOAwGcQ How to Use a Multimeter to Troubleshoot Common Problems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDy9-lGNeQM How to Properly Shim a Starter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cYqrKmVECY Detailed white paper on heat soak condition: http://tinyurl.com/heatsoak Eric the Car Guy is an ASE-certified Master Technician based in Cincinnati, Ohio.





Bad Battery or Bad Alternator, how to tell the difference (Brief Version) - Auto Information Series
This video will briefly explain how to tell if you have a bad auto battery or bad alternator. How to repair your alternator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9koQlrsYLU





Diagnosing Starter Problems- EricTheCarGuy
Visit me at: http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ Once again I team up with BBB Industries to bring you the basic steps in starter diagnosis. If you suspect a bad starter you might want to run through these checks before you commit to get a new one, you just may find that you don't need a starter but rather some other issue is causing the no start. http://www.bbbind.com/ --- Click below and Stay Dirty Visit me at EricTheCarGuy.com http://ericthecarguy.com/ Visit EricTheCarGuy Forum http://www.ericthecarguy.com/forum/default.aspx Visit my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EricTheCarGuy --- Stay dirty ETCG Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, it cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of this information.  EricTheCarGuy assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. EricTheCarGuy recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video.  Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result.  Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not EricTheCarGuy.





How To Test Your Car Starter
In this video, you will learn how to test your starter real simple before taking your starter to the auto parts. you will learn all three steps: Solenoid, Motor and Overide Clutch testing. the goal of this video is for you to understand the function of the different elements that make up the starter and to help you diagnose starting problems with a more accurate approach. video done by Jesus Cabrera of Chabot College MCOM 61.





No Crank, No Start Diagnosis - EricTheCarGuy
Visit me at http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ Whenever you have a no start condition when attempting to start your vehicle it's important to make the distinction between "no crank, no start" and "crank, no start" situations as they are treated differently. This video covers what I do when confronted with a 'no crank, no start' situation and in this case it's a worst case scenario so be sure to watch till the end. Starter diagnosis video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKjdnQ0sHQc No start basics video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBUYs539cy4 Parasitic draw video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF1gijj03_0 --- Click below and Stay Dirty Visit me at EricTheCarGuy.com http://ericthecarguy.com/ Visit EricTheCarGuy Forum http://www.ericthecarguy.com/forum/default.aspx Visit my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EricTheCarGuy --- Stay dirty ETCG





Diagnosing Alternator Problems - EricTheCarGuy
Visit me at: http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ I got together with my friends from BBB Industries on this one, we managed to put together a pretty comprehensive step by step on what to do if you suspect an alternator issue. Take the time to go through these steps the next time you suspect a bad alternator and you just may save yourself a trip to the auto parts store. http://www.bbbind.com/ --- Click below and Stay Dirty Visit me at EricTheCarGuy.com http://ericthecarguy.com/ Visit EricTheCarGuy Forum http://www.ericthecarguy.com/forum/default.aspx Visit my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EricTheCarGuy --- Stay dirty ETCG Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, it cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of this information.  EricTheCarGuy assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. EricTheCarGuy recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video.  Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result.  Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not EricTheCarGuy.





Electrical Troubleshooting Basics - EricTheCarGuy
Electrical Troubleshooting Basics - EricTheCarGuy I get a lot of questions regarding electrical issues so when this 1994 Geo came in I thought it might be a perfect opportunity to show some of the basic steps that I follow when confronted with an electrical problem. Keep in mind that electrical problems come in all shapes and sizes so there really is no 'magic bullet' here but if you follow a basic procedure like the one shown in this video it might help you find and repair the problem. Here is a video that I did some time ago on soldering wires. Soldering wires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61LJcz7H6g Visit me at: http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ --- Click below and Stay Dirty Visit me at EricTheCarGuy.com http://ericthecarguy.com/ Visit EricTheCarGuy Forum http://www.ericthecarguy.com/forum/default.aspx Visit my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EricTheCarGuy --- Stay Dirty ETCG Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, it cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of this information.  EricTheCarGuy assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. EricTheCarGuy recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video.  Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result.  Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not EricTheCarGuy.





How to Tell if Your Car Battery is Really Bad with Kent Bergsma: Battery Clinic Part 3
Watch Kent's complete Car Battery Clinic Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtRKk64pu2wrnK0uW_n2ubDHVdviYunPg Have you been told you need a new battery or have been having dead or weak battery problems. Don't just run out and buy a new battery until you watch Kents series on battery charging and testing. In part 3 of this series, Kent walks you through testing the battery in one of his personal Mercedes that has been showing recent signs of weakness. You will be surprised to see the results and find out why Kent is so excited about some of the newer style battery testers on the market today.





How To Charge & Test Your Car Battery - AutoZone Car Care
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Battery/_/N-acy27 In the third installment of the AutoZone Complete Car Care - Starting and Charging Series, Bruce Bonebrake shows how to charge and test your auto battery.





Fixing A Car That Does Nothing When You Turn The Key
Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 46 years, shows how to fix a car that does nothing when you turn the key and try to start it up. Once you know what to look for, it's often easy to fix. And, If you like my car help, be sure to watch my live car talk show every Saturday morning at 10 AM CST on YouTube. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VognjkYaMjg&list=UUuxpxCCevIlF-k-K5YU8XPA&f eature=c4-overview . And remember, every TUESDAY I upload a new video, so don't miss them.





Automotive Electrical System Basics - EricTheCarGuy
Automotive Electrical System Basics - EricTheCarGuy http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ http://www.bbbind.com/ This one covers the basic components of the electrical system and gives a general overview of their function. We have to start somewhere so we'll start here. --- Click below and Stay Dirty Visit me at EricTheCarGuy.com http://ericthecarguy.com/ Visit EricTheCarGuy Forum http://www.ericthecarguy.com/forum/default.aspx Visit my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EricTheCarGuy --- Stay dirty ETCG





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