I WAS USING THE VEHICLE TWICE THE SAME DAY AND ...
2001 Chevrolet Venture
August, 28, 2007 AT 10:54 PM
I WAS USING THE VEHICLE TWICE THE SAME DAY AND THE IT WOULD NOT START. WHEN I TRIED TO START IT THE LIGHTS DIMMED AND NO RADIO ETC. TRIED TO JUMP START BUT THERE WAS NOT EVEN A GLIMMER FROM THE INSIDE LIGHTS ETC. AFTER ABOUT 5 MINUTES WHEN I TURNED ON THE IGNITION AND TRIED TO START IT THE ONLY THING THAT CAME ONEWAS THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT AND NOW NOT EVEN THAT.
While this may not be the case, it needs to be mentioned. The intake gaskets can go on an instant and fill the cylinders causing a hydrolock. Since the starter can't overcome the fluid compression, it will dim the lights and not crank. I can bend the crank shaft by trying. Before getting too far with this, check the oil and coolant for a level or odd color to it. If anything abnormal there then we need to continue down that path.
Having said that, how old is the battery? Sometimes a jump won't take from a lousy connection with the cables or maybe you have a loose battery cable. Check and get back.