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Old November 30th, 2015, 03:29 PM
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Having a weird problem.

I thought I had my cold start problems solved. I got it to start just fine yesterday in 40. Today it cranked a lot but just as the battery was giving out it started but stalled. After that there wasn't enough left into the battery to crank it over.

It's a 2.5 na. I just put a brand new optima red top in it to replace the one I had before that crapped out on me.

The problem I have now is this: I'm parked on the street and unable to run my battery charger out to it.

I connected a 1000ca jump pack to it. Turned the key, heated the plugs for 15 seconds, turned it to start and it clicked and the dash lights went off. I disconnected the jump pack. Now when I turn the key the dash lihts cme on but the heater light for the plugs doesn't and it won't engage the starter at all. For that matter the lights don't come on and when I tried the flashers I just got a buzz from the relay.

Is there anything I could have blown out? A relay? Etc? I'm going to pull the battery and take it home and charge it fully and see if it'll start tomorrow but what could have caused the battery to drain fully like that? I turned the key a few more times and got a click and the dash lights do still come on. Also, that clock that doesn't keep time is still ticking away.

According to the jump pack when I connect it I have 11.8v coming off the battery.

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Optima quality has fallen into the crapper as of late so I would suspect the battery. Do the headlights turn on?
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Old November 30th, 2015, 03:40 PM
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You have a dead battery. It is taking all if the power from the jump pack. Pull it out and get it charged and tested, or just by a normal battery and throw the Optima off of a bridge.
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I want to say that your original issue is probably fuel related. Yet it could be the fuel shut off solenoid going wonky.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 05:10 PM
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Oh, I got that optima yesterday as a replacement for the one that crapped out in less than a year. I was looking into a replacement. Any suggestions? A nice heavy duty high crank interstate maybe?

The lights do not come on. The interior light will but not the headlights.

As far as the cold start problem, above 55 it starts up within 2 seconds. Below that it's a fight. Though the starter does turn more slowly the colder it gets.

Going to pull and charge the battery now.
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have you checked that
1) your glow plugs are getting juice when you use glow ?
2) tested ea glow plug to make sure they still work ?
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Old November 30th, 2015, 08:54 PM
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FYI, Costco sells Interstate now with 42
Month no questions warranties. I haven't bought a battery for any of family vehicles in more years than I can count.
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Old November 30th, 2015, 08:56 PM
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Did you make sure the new battery was harmed before installing?
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Optima went downhill when they moved production to Mexico about 5-6 yrs ago.

If you are running accessories and cycling the battery at all then go with a good AGM. Interstate's Automotive batteries are made by JCI as are approx 60% of the automotive batteries in the USA. If you aren't running accessories then all you need is a good solid flooded battery. Find a solid combination of CCA and reserve capacity. Lower cost usually equates to lower reserve capacity (less lead) and shorter life span.
I'm preferential to AGM but in most auto applications they aren't "needed," more a want.

If you take your battery to Autozone they will run an impedance test and let you know if it's the battery for sure that is failing.
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Did you make sure the new battery was harmed before installing?
What?
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Lol. Charged. Damn autocorrect.
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Oh, I got that optima yesterday as a replacement for the one that crapped out in less than a year. I was looking into a replacement. Any suggestions? A nice heavy duty high crank interstate maybe? The lights do not come on. The interior light will but not the headlights. As far as the cold start problem, above 55 it starts up within 2 seconds. Below that it's a fight. Though the starter does turn more slowly the colder it gets. Going to pull and charge the battery now.
Buying the battery yesterday doesn't mean it's a good battery.

I went through three Optimas in a weekend on a road trip no less. Replaced the battery in Austin,Tx. Made it to Lake Charles, La. It died. Jump started. Made it back to Houston. Replaced. Died when I got back to Austin. Replaced. Died again.

Took it to the dealer (the Disco was still under warranty) thinking I was having an issue with the electrical system. It turned out that the Optima batteries were just junk. Replaced with a Land Rover battery and had no issues. Got my money back from Optima.
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have you checked that
1) your glow plugs are getting juice when you use glow ?
2) tested ea glow plug to make sure they still work ?
Haven't had a chance to do so yet. Was reading up on how to do it on the forum. I will have to I've it a try. Now to find my multimeter.
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So, I got a new battery, made sure it was fully charged, and it doesn't start. By doesn't start I mean it doesn't even get to the point of warming the plugs. Eh battery and oil lights come on on the dash when it is in position ii then it just clicks. The headlights wonts come on, the turn signals and hazards will only come on if I jiggle the key. Sometimes the flasher just buzzes, and something inside the steering column buzzes as well. Could I have fried something when I jumped it?

Would the ignition switch be the problem? Thats the best I can come up with. I dont see any blown fuses. Are there any relays I could have nuked?
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I would check the main grounds first. Remove, clean and refit.

If you think it is the ignition switch, that is easy to bypass just just at the starter solenoid.
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