1999 Hyundai Elantra starting issues

Tiny
MELANIE055
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  • 1999 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 118,000 MILES
My car has been having issues starting. It will just randomly not start. I have replaced the starter (june) the battery (oct) the battery connector cables ( oct) the neutral safety switch (sept.) And it still won't start on a regular basis. It is usually about one in 50 times. The connector cables to the posts on the battery come loose really easily and sometimes if I tighten them it starts. Other times if I bounce the car it will start it. I just am out of ideas on what to do to fix it.
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 AT 4:48 PM

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Tiny
ZACKMAN
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The terminals on the battery posts have to be tight. You mentioned that they get loose really easily. That could easily be your problem. I am still baffled though, you said that the cables were recently replaced. Then, how come the connectors keep getting loose? Did you not tight them really well?
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 AT 8:46 PM
Tiny
MELANIE055
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I tightened them and they still come loose every once in a while. Recently the only way I can get my car to start is to wiggle the battery or bounce the car. I have no idea what the problem is. Do you think it could be a bad cell within the battery?
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
ZACKMAN
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Let's deal with one problem at a time, as replacing the battery for your car is costly. Where I work, your battery is called 24F84 (Group size 24F, 84 months prorated warranty) at 67.99. If money is no object, by all means, go ahead and replace it. But, before you do that, I want you to go to an auto part store and ask the attendant for this item. It is a replacement battery terminal (you said the current terminals keep getting loose, no matter how hard you have tighten them). Replace the one that keeps giving you grief. It is made by Lynx part number 01045. Here is the picture.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_Lynx_01045_1.jpg



Once installed, go back to the store and have your battery tested. If the battery is proved to have bad cell, then you have no choice but to replace. Some places will sell you a different group battery for you (example 75DT). Please refuse and ask for group size 24F. I don't know about Autozone, but Checkers, Kragen, O'Reilly have them.
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 9:42 PM

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