My car won't start. It seemed like a bad battery so I changed it, drove, parked for a few hours, same thing.

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Asked by Oct 15, 2014 at 01:36 AM about the 2002 Pontiac Aztek AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When I try to start it, nothing. No
electrical/lights at all, not trying to
turn over. My key also wouldn't come
out, I had to use the release under
the steering column. It's a 2002
Aztek AWD. I can charge the battery
and get it going, then it runs just fine,
but as soon as I turn it off it's the
same problem. Any ideas?

7 Answers

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It sounds like a bad battery and/or an alternator.

16,600

The key not coming out is because it has an electronic key release. So if the battery is dead it can't let go of the key. Check the connections at the battery and make sure they are clean and tight.

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I put a brand new battery in and it worked initially, but as soon as I turned it off, same thing.

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16,600

Sounds like a loose or corroded wire then. Possibly a bad ground wire, again loose or corroded. Are the connections at the battery, under hood fuse box and starter clean and tight?

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16,600

It could be the alternator. If everything is clean and tight then have the alternator output checked.

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Thank you, I will check those out.

16,600

No problem. Let me know how it goes.

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