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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 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.





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.





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





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.





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.





How to Tell if Your Car Battery is Really Bad? Live Results Using 4 Different Testers
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 this video Kent walks you through testing the battery in his W116 300SD 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.





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.





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.





How To Test A Car Starter With A Screwdriver And Jumper Cables!
Check Out My Channel And Subscribe!! How to test a starter with a screwdriver and jumper cables ..on and off the car..how to troubleshoot a bad starter.. Troubleshooting DIY ... How To Bench Test A Starter. Solenoid diagnosis . How To Test Your car starter .





How To Check A Charging System - EricTheCarGuy
How To Check A Charging System - EricTheCarGuy http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ Well this is by request and is a companion to checking a battery so I think I'll post it as a response to that video. I try to make things easy for you and I think this test fits the bill, you can even use the same tester or just a regular DVOM which is something I think you should have if you are serious about working on cars, I hope to do an entire series on using one of these so be sure to have one. As always thanks for watching and subscribing. --- 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 Perform a Parasitic Draw Test - EricTheCarGuy
http://www.ericthecarguy.com/ This video has been a long timing coming and is one of the most requested things I get is about batteries going dead overnight so I'm very happy to finally bring you this video about the process of finding a parasitic draw which is a small drain on a battery above 50ma when the vehicle is shut off. Once you find the right fuse(s) the next step is to trace the components involved in that circuit till you find the source of the draw, you first start with a wiring diagram to give you an idea of where to start looking and then start unplugging things in that circuit to isolate the cause, it's quite scientific really a simple process of elimination. Here is a link to BBB's site that you can use to look up wiring diagrams for your application. http://www.bbbind.com/tech_database.html Good luck and if you have anymore questions check the database on my website and if you don't find what you're looking for there then post your question to my forum, here's a link. http://www.ericthecarguy.com/forum/default.aspx --- 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 --- Be safe, have fun, and 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 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.





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My Car Wont Turn Over - How To Test The Starter / NSS / Ignition Switch
http://www.bleepinjeep.com/ - All the best Off-road videos of YouTube : Please hit us up on FB - http://www.facebook.com/BleepinJeep In this video I'll show you how to do a simple test on your starter that will tell you if the starter is getting power or not. If it is getting voltage then this diagnosis this will tell you that your Neutral Safety Switch (NSS) and Ignition Switch are working and that the issue is in your starter. If your test reveals no power to the Starter then you'll know that the Starter is probably good and the problem is in the NSS or Ignition Switch. Then I'll show you how to jump start the starter to start your car incase there is something wrong with the ignition switch. *Disclaimer - This product is meant for entertainment purposes only. Your mileage may vary. Do not try this at home. Void where prohibited. Some assembly required. For off-road use only. Slippery when wet. Batteries not included. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle, heavy equipment, cherokee, wrangler, or any jeep vehicle. May be too intense for some viewers and children under 30 years of age. Please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete stop. Studies have shown viewing these videos causes increased cancer risks in laboratory test people. I am not a professional, I have no training, I'm not even particularly good at horse whispering. Don't believe everything that you know. Please keep your hands in the vehicle at all times. Do not tap on glass. Do not eat anything that has been on the floor for more than 3 days. Keep your hands to yourself. Not to be taken internally. Reproduction strictly prohibited. Driver does not carry cash. Objects in jeep mirrors may be farther than they appear.*





How to Check Your Starting and Charging System
Learn how to test your car's starting and charging system. Go to http://www.autozone.com/autozone/electrical/rotating-electrical-systems.jsp to learn more about your starting and charging system. Get everything you need to do the job right at http://www.autozone.com




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