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Saturn dead and unresponsive

I drive a 2001 Saturn L200 sedan. It is a fine car which returns over 30 miles per gallon and drives smoothly.

I was out of the country for the past one month and returned home yesterday. When I tried to start the car there was absolutely no response. None of the dashboard lights came on, the car seemed dead.

The battery is less than a year old and I find it hard to believe that it could have discharged completely to the extent that none of the lights come on.

My wife thinks it could be the alternator that has failed and not the battery… I am not a mechanically oriented person so I have absolutely no idea what is going on.

I would like to know what the experts on this forum have to say… I want to know before I get the car towed to the garage for fixing.

You’re battery is temporarily dead. Have a volt meter? Measure the voltage.

Put a charger on the battery for 12-24 hours.

If you need the car now, jump start it. But you should still put a charger on the battery overnight.