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Old 07-30-2003, 05:16 PM
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Unhappy 96 Camaro Battery problem...

Recently I have being having problems with my battery where when I try to start the car, the entire car pretty much short circuits... I have to then tap the positive battery wire or move it around and try again.... It will keep short circuiting, the car has no power what so ever, and I will have to repeat the process until it starts, when the car feels good as new... I can tell when this might happend again when my lights start flickering due to my audio system, and when I step on my brakes... The ABS INOP light comes on as well.... Lately, I've been having to do this everyday... Electrical service is very expensive so I was wondering if there's anything I could do on my own... and why is the ABS INOP light coming on?

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Old 07-30-2003, 05:34 PM
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the battery; sounds like you might have some corroded cables, if they have gotten corroded, you can clean the posts of their crud, but the corosion continues to travel down the cable, causing furthere havoc........ like what your describing........ looks like a blue-green oxidation on copper.....
go to your parts place and get some new cables........
as far as the brake lite, i have no idea, make sure you have plenty of fluid in the MC, as that can cause a lite to come on......
someone might know, or you could probably do a search on the test codes and how to jumper them on your year model car, that would keep you out of the shop for a $75 diagnostic hookup.......
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The abs inop light will come on if the voltage feed to it drops below about 10 volts
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if you are a cheap ***** like me, instead of buying new cables, go get some arm and hammer baking soda out of the fridge. put about a half cup or so in a 2 liter bottle, and fill about 3/4 full with water. shake well.
pour it all over your battery and cables. let it eat a while, then do it again and again until it is all gone.
then clean the terminals with a wire brush.
almost as good as new (but not quite).
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Old 07-31-2003, 05:38 AM
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Loose or corroded wires. Clean and tighten everything, If it still does it you may have damaged the battery post bt beating it all the time and now it's time for a new battery.

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The side terminal batteries suck, and I recommend replacing the bolts, and cables, with oem type replacements. Also, check to see if the lead pad on the battery is indented enought to cause poor contact with the four fingers on cable. baking soda and water works best, with wire brush, and dry with wd40. good luck!
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