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Electrical problem on '99 Buick Century Limited

wmkellettjj3

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I have a 1999 Buick Century Limited 3.1 which has been sitting for a few weeks since the last time I started it. The battery (Walmart Everstart Maxx) is only a few months old. I went out and tried to start it and got nothing when I turned the key (no lights on the dashboard, no response from the starter) I hooked up a jumper box, which is fully charged, and the starter barely turned over, only about one turn, followed by a rapid clicking. Any ideas?
 

HotZ28

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Dead battery! You may have a voltage/battery drain while the car was sitting so long. What are the volts on the battery when testing? Have you had a load test done on the battery?? A lot of unknowns here!
 

wmkellettjj3

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I'd disconnect and charge the battery. Then I'd check for parasitic drain with everything off. Finally I'd check the voltage whilst charging. Should be 14ish.
This is a maintenance free battery (no posts, no caps, side terminals) Are they safe to charge?
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Waiex191

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Yep! They charge every time you drive if the alternator is working. Besides, maintenance free batteries are really the same technology as the old batteries with caps. They just have excess electrolyte above the plates so as it is lost you still have enough - for a while anyway.
 

HotZ28

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No report from voltage or load test from the battery?
 
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