Will not start?

Tiny
ROBERT DILLON2
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  • 2008 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 199,783 MILES
Belt started squeaking for about a week. Then slight knocking noise. Then when I would push the accelerator, the car would shut down lights flicker. When I would start and press the gas same thing would sputter and stall. Now it won't start.
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 AT 10:30 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

If the belt was squealing, chances are the alternator wasn't charging correctly. When you try starting it now, does the starter engage and turn the engine or not? If it doesn't, perform a simple load test on the battery.

Here is a link that explains how to do it:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Next, confirm the alternator belt is tight and still connected. I attached a pic below and highlighted the alternator belt and a red arrow pointing at the alternator. Pull on the belt to make sure it is tight and make sure it isn't damaged.

Let me know what you find. I suspect we have a loose alternator belt or a failing alternator.

Also, if the starter is functional but the engine won't start, record it cranking and upload it for me to hear.

Let me know

Take care,

Joe
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 AT 2:50 PM

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