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Intermittent Starting Problem


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Hi Guys

Hoping someone can give me some ideas on what to check for an intermittent starting problem I've experienced twice over the past two months. Both times, I was out for a spirited drive, shut down the car for a short time (less than 5 minutes), and when I went to start it up, no go. The voltage would drop right off so much that the odometer would reset. After 3-4 tries at starting, it catches. It's a weak catch, but does start up. If it sits for something like a lunch break, no problem starting.

Voltage meter shows 12.6V at rest, 13.7V charging. The car sits about a week at a time with a Porsche cigarette lighter battery maintainer plugged in. No issue with first start after sitting.

Any help/advice appreciated.

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Original battery, I believe. I'll need to check that. Mfg date 6/03. I'm the 3rd owner, and bought the car with 12K on it. Car now has 29K on it. I haven't replaced the battery, and doubt if it was replaced prior to my purchase.

No tests yet.

Frankly, with the battery as old as it is, I might just go ahead and buy a new one. Any recommendations for a replacement unit?

How old is your battery?

Have you had the specific gravity of each cell tested?

Have you had the battery removed from the car and load tested?

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Most of the popular ones are fine.

Size 48 for a perfect fit.

Make sure it has the vent tube connector so you can connect to the existing vent.

I have Autozone's Duralast (with vent tube and line), others have used Costco's Kirkland, and Interstate.

They all last about 4-5 years so I personally do not think the brand matters.

There is a several page Battery thread here

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