01-19-10, 12:03 AM
I'm preparing to buy my deceased aunts 98 catera with 60,000 miles for $1200 bucks. Car has been sitting for several months out in the driveway and finally I go to start the car on morning and there is no juice. The key fob, lights, engine, nothing works at all. I go and touch the battery terminals with jumper cables, not charge, and the car fires right up with hesitation and everything works fine. I go and drive it around for about half an hour without issue, battery gauge showing normal. However as soon as I turn the key and shut off the engine, all power is instantly lost again. No lights, key fob, or engine turn over. Almost like there isn't even a battery. I've seen dead batteries however none where there isnt any power at all as soon as I shut off the engine. And all it takes is just a touch from the jumper cables. Could it be something else? Someone suggested a solenoid or alternator. I honestly don't know. Can someone please help me? You all seem very wise regarding the catera's. Thank you very much for your time.