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No power at all... That describes it as accurate as possible. I mean no light what so ever will come on, key in does absolutely nothing. Battery connections checked, battery checked at 12.6 volts. Fuses under hood checked. My next stop is gonna be the relays. Has anyone come across this before in any car? Wife reported clicking as she tried to start it then complete death. Fascinating.
 

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yes sir, battery ground properly tight, 0 guage cable might I add, power at fuse box connector 12.6v
 

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If the hazard light doesn't come on, then I don't see how it can be anything other than an issue with the battery (good voltage but bad cell), one of its connectors/wires, or fuse box. Will be interested in knowing what it actually turns out to be.
 

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Update, disconnected positive from battery, reconnect, nothing. Disconnected ground from battery, reconnect, power again. Turn key, all lights up, to on position click click click back to square one. I discovered this cuz I went to exchange the battery. So now I have a brand new battery. One good thing good I guess. Any guesses? Working on relays later.
 

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Not knowing mileage or any add on's done..possibility of a bad alternator(diodes, or other connections there). Also the chance of a shorted out starter. Would have been a smart move to have had the original battery load tested for available cranking amps and possible dead cell before just replacing it. Need to perform diagnostics to find the cause before throwing parts at a problem...more costly doing the throw parts routine.
 

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Relays check out, 105k on the car no add ons recently fixed the starter and right headlight connector. Electrical problems suck.
 

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... Disconnected ground from battery, reconnect, power again. Turn key, all lights up, to on position click click click back to square one. ....
Try running a jumper cable from the negative battery terminal to a different body ground point.
 

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After checking battery, inspecting fuses, testing relays, exchanging battery, removing starter, testing starter, checking connections at fuse box... Decided double check battery ground it was slightly loose, there was a small piece of rubber clamped in between so... ground was poor. Cleaned it all up reattached and it worked. Imagine that sh**. I got it on video what symptoms it had I'll post that when I'm done, problem is now I fried the 175 amp fuse cuz I forgot to disconnect the battery while tightening the cable to the alternator. Have to order that fuse not found at AutoZone or any other autoparts near. Will keep you updated. Live and learn I guess.
 

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No power at all... That describes it as accurate as possible. I mean no light what so ever will come on, key in does absolutely nothing. Battery connections checked, battery checked at 12.6 volts. Fuses under hood checked. My next stop is gonna be the relays. Has anyone come across this before in any car? Wife reported clicking as she tried to start it then complete death. Fascinating.
Thank you for this thread. it helped me quickly find and fix my problem.
 

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After checking battery, inspecting fuses, testing relays, exchanging battery, removing starter, testing starter, checking connections at fuse box... Decided double check battery ground it was slightly loose, there was a small piece of rubber clamped in between so... ground was poor. Cleaned it all up reattached and it worked. Imagine that sh**. I got it on video what symptoms it had I'll post that when I'm done, problem is now I fried the 175 amp fuse cuz I forgot to disconnect the battery while tightening the cable to the alternator. Have to order that fuse not found at AutoZone or any other autoparts near. Will keep you updated. Live and learn I guess.
Where do you suppose the piece of rubber came from wedged in the negative battery cable?
Was it there all along from day one? And if so, why did it take all these years for it to act up?
 

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Where do you suppose the piece of rubber came from wedged in the negative battery cable?
Was it there all along from day one? And if so, why did it take all these years for it to act up?
In my case the issue was a bad connection between the ground cable and the body. The #8 bolts that hold the ground cable to the body use plastic thread inserts the would not tighten or loosen. I relocated the ground cable to another place on the body and everything works fine.
 

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In my case the issue was a bad connection between the ground cable and the body. The #8 bolts that hold the ground cable to the body use plastic thread inserts the would not tighten or loosen. I relocated the ground cable to another place on the body and everything works fine.
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