Question by Lemar J: Car wouldn’t start. 10 points to person who diagnoses the solution correctly.?
I have a 2003 Saturn Vue, 74,000 miles, 2 year old battery, original altenator, and original starter. Went to start up the SUV, and it would not start. There was a ticking noise and all accessories worked.
The SUV is a 5 spd so I rolled it down a hill to get it started by popping the clutch. Took to Autozone. They tested the electrical system: Battery was dead but passed, altenator tested ok and appeared not to be producing enough amperage to charge the battery, starter worked fine. Ran car for 2 hours, had system tested again, same results.
What was wrong and what eventually needed to be replaced?
Well some of you came close. When I removed the battery to have it charged on the bench, both of the side terminals on the battery started pouring out battery acid. Something internally on the battery failed. Water/acid was everywhere but where it needed to be.
So the battery was bad and therefore would not accept a charge real charge, but usually had enough current to start.
After the battery was replaced, the altenator tested fine.
Since none of the answers were exactly right, I’m going to put it to a vote and let the voters decide.
Answer by snorkweezl
Spark plugs maybe, or the distributor cap.
What do you think? Answer below!