2000 Chevrolet Astro Wont start

Tiny
TAYLORM34
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET ASTRO
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 201,750 MILES
I try to turn on the van and it wont start, turn over. When you put the key in the ignition it doesn't start at all and there isnt a ding when the door is left open. When u try to start it all that happens is the interior lights come on and the dash lights flicker. I put the battery charger on it and still nothing and I checked on the fuses and they all are fine but nothing seems to work! Help!
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 AT 4:06 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Check to make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight. Make sure you have good grounds to the engine from the battery. If all looks good, remove the battery, recharge it, and take it to a parts store to have it load tested. It sounds like it may be the root of the problem.
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
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Don't take it to an autoparts store to load test it they will most likely lie to sell you a new battery with a multimeter set at 20 dc volts usually the lowest setting unless you have a nice fluke auto ranging but anyway red lead to positive and black to negative your looking for 12.50 volts or higher 12.75 - 13+ is fully charged and itell you this cuz I had a dead battery didn't have a charger so I took it to dumbasszone to have it charged when I came back to get it they told me it was no good so I asked them to load test it for me right there and I wanted to see for myself their big tester was down so they had a hand held so as im waiting watching they didn't know how to use the hand held load tester and told me it was too low to test and showed me the voltage reading which was exactly the same voltage it was when I dropped it off I borrowed a charger charged it on a slow deep charge hooked it up in the morning and what do you know it fired right up and jumped immediately to 14.5 volts running and its been going strong ever since for the past year and a half /but its definitely in your electrical side
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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 AT 6:46 PM
Tiny
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Well thanks for your reply. Most people don't have the ability to do the checks themselves. Yes, some stores will do this, but not all. Listen, it is possible it is on the "electrical side". However, we CAN'T go any further until we know the battery is good. Yes, you can check to see if you have 12+ volts, but that doesn't tell you what it will drop to when the key is turned. So, with that said, either you need to try and recharge it to see if that helps, test it yourself, or have someone do it for you. Once we determine the battery is good or bad, we can proceed.
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Thursday, June 19th, 2014 AT 8:51 PM

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