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2006 Hyundai Accent GLS 4dr Sedan Manual

2006 Hyundai Accent
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
32 mpg city / 35 mpg hwy
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August 20, 2012, 4:14 pm

Alexandria F
 

Question: How do I know if my battery is the issue or the alternator?

My car won't start. When I turn the key, it clicks and the lights in the car flash but nothing happens. When I try and turn my lights on, nothing happens. I replaced the battery a year ago, but I live in a high temperature degree climate. It is usually between 100-112 degrees during this time of year. Is it my battery or my alternator??


August 26, 2012, 6:26 pm

Tyler O
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Sounds like maybe a bad battery, bad connections, or a bad component in the starting system.

Try charging the battery or maybe a jump start. If the condition is the same, disconnect and clean the connections, make sure they go back on nice and tight. Check the cables on both ends.... battery and chassis grounds, B+ wire to starter etc.

If you still have a problem it's probably the starter. Check for power at the starter signal wire with the key turned to crank. If you have power and the starter doesn't work, replace the starter. Otherwise you'll need to check the rest of the starting circuit.... ignition, starter relay, wiring etc.


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