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Old 11-19-2015, 01:25 PM
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1988 560sel no crank/turnover but battery good

Hi all,
yesterday I was leaving work and went to start, Engine turned over couple times and just went silent, No groaning, just stopped as if I had removed the key from ignition. Checked a few things but getting dark so I got a ride home. any thoughts where to start?



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Old 11-19-2015, 04:25 PM
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Flat battery or battery cable issue is where I would start.

I always keep one of those 'free with coupon' Harbor Freight DVOMs in my vehicles just in the event I need to do a quick charging system diagnosis or check something for continuity.

Fully charged battery is about 12.60V and fully discharged around 11.7. I try to replace batteries after the free warranty replacement period is over. Which is every three years for me. Weather fluctuating between the low 100F and upper teens is hard on them.

Good luck and keep us posted.
I'm not a doctor, but I'll have a look.

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Old 11-20-2015, 12:44 PM
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I would take a hard look at the battery cables also. I've seen them look perfectly normal until I took it off the post. Ugly city!!
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