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Dec 22, 2012, 8:40 PM

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Hi, and thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.

My car won't start sometimes. When I get in the car I notice that the dome light works. As I turn the key the radio will come on. When I get to the last notch of turning the key the car clicks one time, all the dash lights stop working, dome light goes out, ect.

If I try again nothing works. However, if I pop the hood and remove the battery (just disconnecting the cables) and then immediately put it all back the car will then start just fine.

Sometimes I won't have a problem for 3 months. Sometimes it will happen 3 times in a row. I've done my best to clean the nodes on the battery. Not really sure if i'm doing a bad job or hunting down the wrong track.


Hammer Time
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Dec 22, 2012, 8:50 PM

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You have a poor connection at a power supply, probably that cable you manipulate to make it start.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 23, 2012, 5:48 AM

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Whatever vehicle this is that problem smacks of bad battery cable connections at the battery. You've cleaned them up and said that worked for a while but they are probably too gone now and need either quality new cable ends or whole cables,


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