2001 Mitsubishi Galant Won't start, turning slowly

Tiny
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  • 2001 MITSUBISHI GALANT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
I'll try and put as much info into this post as possible. I have only worked on my car a few times, and I don't know very much, so please forgive my ignorance.

For about a month (or maybe a bit more than that) I've noticed my car has been taking a bit longer to start up than is normal. It has been turning for an extra second or two than is normal.

Today I got in my car to go to work and, surprise surprise, it won't start. When I try to start it, it turns slowly 2 or 3 times and then it gives up. I popped the hood and took a look, and there was not anything noticeably wrong. I didn't see any corrosion on the battery or any wires.

Lights turn on, powered locks work. The last time I had to take it to the mechanic, it was because I had a blown gasket and the spark plugs were submerged in oil.

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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 8:52 AM

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Tiny
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If it has a week turnover, then it sounds like the battery is dead, try getting a jumpstart and see if it starts
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 9:08 AM
Tiny
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Could the battery be dead even if the lights and cd player turn on, and the power locks work?
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 9:20 AM
Tiny
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Yes, just because the lights and some other accessories turn on, doesnt mean there is enough amps to turn the starter and the starter to turn the flywheel/engine. All it takes is for the battery to be off by one or two volts and thats it, that car wont start.
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 9:59 AM
Tiny
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https://www.2carpros.com/how_to/battery.htm
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 10:01 AM
Tiny
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https://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_test_alternator.htm
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 10:02 AM
Tiny
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Got it, that makes sense. So, if it is the battery, I should be ale to jump it and drive it to the mechanic right?
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 10:21 AM

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