Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Utah County, Utah.
No idea what's wrong, 08 G6 GT won't start.
For a summary of what's contained below in more detail: Problems starting in the morning unless jumped, then fine throughout day. No clicking sounds, interior electrical all works, exterior lights work fine. Replaced starter, told to charge the battery, charged the battery, couldn't start even with a jump, replaced battery and fuses 31 and 32 and still won't start, even with a jump.
Our car has been having difficulties starting for a week or two. Interior/exterior lights would work, dash lights, radio etc would all work, but the car wouldn't start. We could jump it and have it work just fine. It would start afterwards with no problem, until we let it sit for 4 + hours (such as overnight) and then it would need jumped again. We had a camping trip planned for yesterday, so we decided we didn't want to get stranded in some canyon somewhere, and started troubleshooting.
We took it to Autozone to have the battery, alternator, and starter tested, after jump starting it, and they said everything tested fine except the starter. So we replaced the starter, during which, the replacement starter wasn't the same as the starter we removed. Took it back, and AZ stated it was the only part made now and explained how to modify the wire connector with a heat-shrink adapter to protect it from the elements. We attached the adapter and hooked up the starter. Wouldn't start on its own, but after a jump did just fine. Started multiple times with the new starter.
BUT we were concerned that it still wasn't starting on it's own so went to Checker and had them test the alternator, starter, and battery again. Unfortunately we didn't have them do a computer error code read (and didn't have Autozone either). They stated the battery, starter, and alternator all tested fine, but the batter had a very low charge. The recommendation was to charge the battery with a charger for a few hours. We did so.
NOW the car won't start at all. Period. Jumping does no good anymore. Because we knew the battery had a low charge, and knew it was at least 3 years old, and it was the stock battery, we replaced it to be safe. Didn't change anything. Interior lights still work, radio etc still works too. Read on here that sometimes its a fuse problem and replaced fuses 31 and 32 (starter and crank/run fuses). Still won't work. No error messages were read on the odometer. Lights turned off when we turned the key and came back on after we quit trying.
We have a very limited budget, living off of student loans/grants and credit... and would really like to avoid going to the shop.