2000 Cadillac CTS BATTERY CHARGING

Tiny
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  • 2000 CADILLAC CTS
Electrical problem
2000 Cadillac CTS Engine Size unknown Two Wheel Drive Automatic 170000 miles

A friend's car is in my driveway with a dead battery and will not take a charge with my battery charger (must have less than 1 V charge according to the charger instructions or is just plain dead).

I was going to try to use my jumper cables but I am not sure where the negative is. I only see the postiive cable and the battery has a fuse and relay system on top.

Reluctant to cause more damage I backed off and left the car. In this case would I go to a ground on the car and the positive terminal?

Thanks, Bill
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 AT 11:40 AM

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Tiny
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Do you see the battery under the hood? I think the battery is under the rear seat. The positive thing you see under the hood is probably the jump start terminal. Get back to me.
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 AT 11:54 AM
Tiny
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You were exactly right - the battery was under the back seat. I would never have looked there. THANK YOU!

After a while I did get the car started and got it back to my friend.

Another question if I may. My daughter has a 99 Toyota Solara with about 110,000 miles and from time to time she has complained that the car tries to stall out at a stop (however there have been times when the car has begun to run rough during operation).

We never get a fault code and I think the dealer who sold us the car may have disconnected the check engine light system after repeated attempts to fix it.

Last night I was driving the car and stopped and it began to try to stall. I gave it a little gas and kept it going. For a second I thought I could smell something but did not recoginize the smell.

A few minutes later it did the same thing in a friend's driveway.

We bought the car used at 91,000 so I do not know what has been done with it previously.

What do you think could be causing the problem? The local Toyota dealer said they would need the card for a few days to try to get it to repeat the problem.
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 AT 8:00 PM
Tiny
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Does the check engine light come on when you turn the key to run? Have yoiu had the computer scanned for codes?
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Monday, March 24th, 2008 AT 9:36 AM
Tiny
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The check engine light never comes on. Firestone has had it on a diagnostic machine several times but they never get any codes.
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Monday, March 24th, 2008 AT 3:40 PM

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