my car just died while i.was driving on the freeway. the battery was completly dead. i charged the battery to 13.2 on the power meter. i am not getting any crank of any kind. but the lights and dash l

Asked by Oct 20, 2015 at 12:55 AM about the 2002 Buick Regal LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

no nothing from.motor... and the
security light is on in the dash

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Is the battery more than 5 years old? That is the average life-span of an automotive battery.... some will last 10+ years and some 3 years. Voltage readings are not an indication of cranking amps, It can show 13- 14 volts but does not mean it has cranking amperage available to start the car. Yes, lights on instrument cluster will light up fine, but that is not drawing amps, If the battery is more than 5 years old,replace it....Your Regal calls for group 78 ... and get new cables with it. Yes, I am talking about a $100 to $150 battery, but worth every dime. Noe I know I have not answered your question. But was there a warning icon on the dash, that your battery was not accepting a charge? Could be cable(s) or alternator failed suddenly. and engine ran from battery power until depleted. I suggest having both tested.

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