2003 ION battery question.

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by nightrider.36, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. I have a 2003 ION that I'm selling. The only thing is that it's been
    sitting in backyard for about four months. I tried to jump start it
    and although I get 12+ volts into the battery and all the lights and
    alarms energize, the car will not start. It doesn't turn over, it just
    clicks. I can't imagine the problem being anything but the battery
    since it has not been driven.

    So, I guess I don't know a lot about car batteries. Does jump starting
    a car mean that you're also charging its battery? Can a car battery
    be re-charged? Should I have kept the car with the good battery that
    I was jumping from on longer? Should I just get a new battery?



    nightrider.36, Jul 7, 2008
  2. nightrider.36

    Bob Shuman Guest

    When you "jump start" a car, you provide an "assist" to a weak battery. The
    running vehicle's alternator also charges the weak battery in the process.

    I'd suggest you find an automatic battery charger and leave it on the old
    battery overnight, then try to start it in the morning and use the jump
    start if needed again. At this point, you likely have a completely drained
    battery. Getting it to that state is not at all good for the battery and
    may have rendered it unusable since when it is at a low charge the battery
    builds lead sulfates that short it out internally. Worst case, and more
    than likely, you will need to replace the battery.

    Bob Shuman, Jul 8, 2008
  3. nightrider.36

    M. Halliwell Guest

    If jumping it isn't helping, it could be a passlock issue. I had my
    module go in my '03 Ion and I was sure it must have been a loose
    connection or the starter because everything else seemed to work fine.

    New module and a new key (mine was seriously worn when I looked at it
    compared to my spare) and everything was right as rain again.

    Michael H.
    M. Halliwell, Jul 8, 2008
  4. nightrider.36

    Private Guest

    IMHE, car batteries last about 5 years. The economics of replacement now
    are open to discusion but, if you want to get the best price for your used
    car, you do not want to need to jump start it to demo to a purchaser.

    Good luck, YMMV
    Private, Jul 8, 2008
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