Mechanics

CHEVROLET IMPALA BATTERY PROBLEM

1995 Chevrolet Impala • 139,000 miles

Engine will not turn, but electronics and lighting still come on inside the car when key turned in ignition. Got a jump and it started right away. Is this a battery problem or an ignition issue? (Battery is approx. 5 years old - Optima Red 34/78)

Also, looking through batteries online. Looking to replace that Red 34/78 but also saw that the Yellow Top recharges faster. I work 5 minutes from home and am running 2 speakers and a deck off of the battery (other speakers and subs off amps). Thinking that the short period of time I drive my car is not allowing my battery the correct amount of time to properly recharge.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Gary
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February 6, 2013.



Gary, it if won't turn over, the first thing I would check is the battery. Remove it and take it to a parts store and have them load test it. Then you will know if it is good or not.

Since you drive such a short distance, I would recommend (if you can find one) to get the battery that has a quicker recharge time.