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Old 10-27-2008   #1
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Sometimes No Juice

Every now and then I hop in my car and there is no power what-so-ever. When I disconnect the battery and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then reattach it, the car is back up and running. Just wondering if it is a battery problem, computer problem, or some other type of deal. I checked and cleaned the key, so there is no problem there.
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Old 10-27-2008   #2
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Re: Sometimes No Juice

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Every now and then I hop in my car and there is no power what-so-ever. When I disconnect the battery and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then reattach it, the car is back up and running. Just wondering if it is a battery problem, computer problem, or some other type of deal. I checked and cleaned the key, so there is no problem there.
This happened to my GTA a long time ago too. I finally realized that one of the electric wires connected to the starter motor was lose. After tightening them all, this problem never occurred any longer.

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Old 10-27-2008   #3
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Re: Sometimes No Juice

Good point Yumiko, and to add be sure and clean your battery terminals on the battery and ends. hth
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Old 10-27-2008   #4
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Re: Sometimes No Juice

Mine has had the same problems. It was just some loose connections like yumiko said. Make sure your battery is secure and not moving around and your wires are all hooked up. I didn't have to replace anything but just re checked all the connections and secured the battery a little and never had the problem since.
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Old 11-02-2008   #5
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Re: Sometimes No Juice

Everything running to the starter looks good. The negative cable is good. I'm going to go up and get the battery checked tomorrow and if its not that, I'm going to get the alternator and the starter checked. Is there anything else that I should check or get checked other than the things listed above? Thanks.
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Old 11-02-2008   #6
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Re: Sometimes No Juice

i had a problem similar to what you are dealing with.when i first got my car ti would the same thing.turns ot that i had a bas power window switch.the internals would had came apart to the switch would ground out on its own which would engage the circuit breaker in the fuse box.once it got hot then the car would cut out like its supposed to.i took months to finally figure out that it usually happened when i closed the door getting in or out that, this was actually happening.the door closing made the bad switch vibrate.usually after 5 min or so everything would be like nothing ever happened.afterwards i asked my mechanic why it did that and he explained to me that the spring that keeps the connections seperate had worn,allowing it to ground out.so i'd would try to check the conditions of your switches in the car if the problems come back.good luck.i hope it's a cheap fix like mine was.
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Old 11-02-2008   #7
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Re: Sometimes No Juice

Took it up to my auto parts store and got the battery checked. Everything is good with that. I'm going to try to take it up to the store and get the alternator and the starter and maybe the solenoid checked out. Is there any way to check for shorts and maybe isolate where the short is?
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Yeah, but you need an ohm meter and start tracin wires and ck'in from one point to another, very tedious work. If you are not good at that kinda stuff, imo, take it to a "GOOD" electrician at a "GOOD" shop. hth
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