I can hear a faint crank but vehicle will not start

Tiny
GSICAM
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  • 2005 HUMMER H2
  • 96,000 MILES
I do not think my battery is bad given that I can turn on radio, lights, windows inside the car. When I start I hear a faint crank, but vehicle wont start (see video). Is this a bad starter? battery? or something else?

https://youtu.be/2WpCXwEp4pM
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Friday, September 30th, 2016 AT 9:23 AM

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Tiny
HMAC300
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Just because you can have lights does not mean a battery is good, it needs a load test done most places do for free. It could be starter if you have an assistant hit body of starter with a hammer while trying to start if starter works it is probably bad.
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Friday, September 30th, 2016 AT 9:29 AM
Tiny
GSICAM
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Thank you for the speedy reply! Hoping its just the battery. If I jump the vehicle's battery, and it starts. Would that indicate that this is likely a battery problem? And not necessarily starter? I figured I would start there and if I get same outcome of not starting then I can move on in trying to diagnose potential starter problem.
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Friday, September 30th, 2016 AT 9:37 AM
Tiny
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If you jump it and it starts it is a great possibility it is the battery. Most places test for free but make sure battery terminal ends are clean as that can do it as well.
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Friday, September 30th, 2016 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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Hi GSICAM,

If you decide to check the condition of your battery yourself here is a link to an article form this site that features written instructions, pictures and a video explaining how to load test your battery yourself. If you need further assistance please come back to 2CarPros.com. We are always happy to help.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-battery

Thank you for visiting 2CarPros.

Kindest regards,

Renee
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Friday, September 30th, 2016 AT 3:49 PM

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