“So, you have:
1. New Starter
2. New Alternator and belts
3. New battery
symptoms used to be:
1. a couple of clicks when you turned the key to start, and then nothing happened.
2. since replacing battery, starter, and alternator, the engine sorta slow rolls, but sometimes will not start.”
BOTTOM LINE: Car won’t start intermittently. Battery dies and acts like it is dying even when fully charged. New alternator. New starter. New battery clamps. Clean terminals. Tested for draw. No solution.
If you feel like reading the story, I’ve made it a little easier to read and you can read on:
Ok story time. About a month, but what seems like forever ago, my car wouldn't start. I could hear the "click click" which to me indicated a bad starter. I was in denial so I got my battery tested at Advance Auto Parts. They said the starter wasn't getting enough power because the battery was old. I bought a new one on the spot. Anyway, the problem didn’t go away. It would start many times in a row: perfectly healthy. I decided it’s my starter and changed it with a “new” one from a junkyard. The problem STILL didn’t go away. Pop starting became my friend very quick. So I went to AutoZone and got my OLD starter tested. It "passed" whatever test they perform so I put THAT one in thinking maybe it WASN’T my starter.
My positive wire was very corroded so I put new clams on and cleaned everything up. That didn’t help.
I decided maybe my junkyard pars were the problem so I installed a BRAND new starter. I think that solved the no start problem as far as engine not turning over at all. But then maybe a week later I got another no start problem; it would turn over slowly when I DID start, and sometimes would just have a dead battery. Also, as I do drive, my headlights will slightly dim as I hit the clutch, and the heat will fade at the same time.
I tested for draw. My mechanic tested for draw. The ground wire was all cleaned up previously. My alternator had been changed with a junkyard one maybe a month and a half ago. However, I bought a brand new one and installed it. That didn’t help the current issue.