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Ignition System: Car Won't Start

Car has new starter and battery, but won't start up after being parked for a few hours.

Using a volt meter set to 20 volts, check if the alternator is still working properly. The tester should read around 13.5 to 14.5 volts if the alternator is still functional. Responsible for recharging the battery while the engine is running, the alternator is driven by the belt connected to the crankshaft. To check the belt, use your thumb to pull on the belt midway between two pulleys or idlers. If it slacks by about one inch, then you may need to adjust the belt's idlers or replace the belt altogether.

Inspect the battery. Even if your battery is just two weeks old, you can never be sure about its condition. Check your battery for:

crack in its housing;
loose or broken battery connections;
traces of electrolyte leaks;
broken , corroded, and dirt or acid deposits on the battery terminals;
low battery solution level (The battery shouldn't be overfilled. Electrolyte level should be a little less than 1/2 inch below the top cover.); and
discoloration in the battery solution or electrolyte.

It would also be best to have your battery load tested to determine if it has enough charging capacity.

Steering System

Stiffness in steering, accompanied by a vibration or slight shaking in steering wheel, when turning.

Check hydraulic fluid level. The fluid reservoir should be found on top of the power steering pump. Refill power steering fluid if the level is below the line indicated on the reservoir or on the dipstick.

Check the belt that drives the power steering pump. If it slacks by about an inch, you may need to adjust the belt's tension (via the tensioners) or replace the drive belt.

If the fluid level and drive belt are fine, the problem may be with the power steering pump. Perform pressure and flow tests. If the readings you get don't equal those on your ride's service manual, get a pump replacement.

Weatherstripping / AC System

Floor carpet on the left side is soaking wet for weeks.

If the flooring on both the driver's and left rear passenger's sides is soaking wet, better inspect the heater core or the AC system lines located inside the cabin. You can check them out under the dash. They may be leaking coolant onto the carpet or the moisture from the AC lines is dripping onto your carpet. If it's coolant leak, fix the leaking component or replace it. If the problem is with the AC condensate, your AC's drain pipe is most probably clogged. Inside the cabin, you can find this pipe under the dash on the passenger side. To unclog it, jack up your car's front and find the drain tube. Try pumping air into it to dislodge any obstructions. You can also try doing this with the drain tube removed.

If only the flooring on the rear passenger side is soaking wet, the problem might be with the weatherstripping. Inspect the rubber weatherstripping on your door and window. Cuts and cracks on it may be allowing water to seep into your passenger compartment.


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