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Old 02-08-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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Unable to start car, dash lights all blink

I've left my car in a covered garage for about 3 weeks. When I attempt to start the car, dash lights all blink and flicker. I hear a clicking noise as well. Battery seems to work fine since the radio, windows, lights all work. Also, an odd thing is, the windows seem to move up and down. Any ideas where I can start looking?


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Old 02-08-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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The battery maybe low. Even if all the electrical works doesn't mean that there is enough juice to crank the motor.
Try jumping it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:29 AM   #3
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Has the car been put away for winter? as SF-Rockster said check the battery, not enough power to turn the motor.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:59 PM   #4
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I usually take the car out once a week, but this time it's been 3 weeks.

Anyways, haven't had time to jump it yet but did take a video of what the symptoms are.

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Sounds like it is turning over just fine. I would say either no spark or lack of fuel. I would start with spark and not at the plug as you are not even getting a pop.
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Just throwing it out there as a possibility...
check the crank position sensor.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:46 AM   #7
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The fact the lights are flickering during cranking makes me still think a low or bad battery. Hook up a good charger on it overnight or pull it and have it checked at your auto parts store. I'd start there first.

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I've left my car in a covered garage for about 3 weeks. When I attempt to start the car, dash lights all blink and flicker. I hear a clicking noise as well. Battery seems to work fine since the radio, windows, lights all work. Also, an odd thing is, the windows seem to move up and down. Any ideas where I can start looking?

I have exaclty same issue, and windows ups&down, blink and flickr... i hope its just the batteries, it hadn't changed for 7 yrs.
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Sounds like it is turning over just fine. I would say either no spark or lack of fuel. I would start with spark and not at the plug as you are not even getting a pop.
It sounds like it's not turning over at all.
It just clicks .
Hopefully because the starter doesn't have enough power to it to crank the motor.
Start with the easy stuff first.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:37 AM   #10
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Turns out that the battery was low. Jump started the car and drove it for an hour. Shutting it down and turning it back on worked fine. Thanks all!
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:51 AM   #11
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Turns out that the battery was low. Jump started the car and drove it for an hour. Shutting it down and turning it back on worked fine. Thanks all!
Unless you can pinpoint a drain on the battery, I always just swap any battery that has done this. It's just not worth being stranded for the cost of the battery, and the car will start waaaaay faster with a nice 80AH battery. When I swapped mine a few weeks back I was amazed how much faster it cranked.

Mine was low enough it just would not try. All lights on, then "click", nothing.

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