Hi, I have a 2003 Chevy Malibu that won’t start all of a sudden.
When I turn the key it makes clicking/cranking sound. When I stop turning the instrument panel lights up and the clock radio as well, but the clock is reset to 12:00.
I was able to turn it on by giving it a boost so I suspected it was the battery. I took it to Partsource to charge it but they said they can’t because the machine reading (not sure which) is showing 0.
Afterwards I tried charging it with a Battery Tender. The Battery Tender showed charging complete but I still had the same problem. I connected the Battery Tender again and it was showing that it is charging, which was weird. I tried again but it is the same issue where it says that it’s charged, but if I connect it back up right after disconnecting it, the light shows charging.
I did some searching and I have read that these smart chargers that automatically shut off are too smart for issues like this. If that is the case then what is a good dumb charger?
Or could it even be something else besides the battery? Thanks in advance.