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Today my car will not start. Did some shopping, got home, went to start car little bit later, and just a click. I am done with this car. Looking to sell. Also winter tires on stock rims looking to sell.
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New battery only few months old, checked wires on battery everything good. 12 volts on scangauge when vehicle not running. Just not putting any more money into this pos of a car.

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A car battery showing only 12 volts when under no load is at a very low state of charge. A healthy, fully charged battery should be 13.2 to 13.5 volts under no load.
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I've had four batteries that were less than a year old fail on my three smarts in the last year. Two of them were M-B labeled batteries, one was from O'Reilly's, and one from Sam's Club (that one was 4 months old).
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Could be a crank position sensor(happened to me ) . Do all the lights on the dash come on when you try to start?
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Could be a crank position sensor(happened to me ) . Do all the lights on the dash come on when you try to start?


Looks normal on dash, just clicks and no start.
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Sounds battery like to me. Common problem on any car not just smart. I would change the battery out for a good branded battery and try it again before I got all " Just not putting any more money into this pos of a car." I always have the place I purchase batteries from run a battery load test as well before I purchase it. I have gotten a few batteries in the past that were DOA.
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I've had four batteries that were less than a year old fail on my three smarts in the last year. Two of them were M-B labeled batteries, one was from O'Reilly's, and one from Sam's Club (that one was 4 months old).
All replaced under warranty.
If you've replaced the battery that many times in that short of an interval, then clearly the battery is NOT the problem. I propose four possibilities:
1. The charging system is over-charging your battery. I'm not sure if the voltage regulator is built into the alternator in your smart or if it's a separate device but you need to check the voltage regulator.
2. There is a zombie load on your battery (light left on, electrical short, defective voltage regulator, defective electronics, etc) that is repeatedly discharging your battery. You can check this for yourself with an ammeter or have your battery shop verify that the load on the battery is very low when the car is off. You may need to check this repeatedly as the load may be intermittent.
3. The charging system is only charging the battery intermittently. This can be caused by a loose cable or intermittent alternator. This allows the battery to deeply discharge which is NOT good for lead-acid batteries that aren't designed for deep-discharge.
4. Variant of #2 : Something or somebody is leaving the lights or other electronics on when the car is off. Perhaps the timer on the headlight has gone kaput and is leaving the headlights on for 30 minutes every time you shut off the car?

Deeply discharging a lead-acid battery even once will greatly shorten its life. It's pretty easy to kill a battery in 4 months if you repeatedly discharge it.

In any case, replacing the battery is not the solution. Just because the battery is the component that is failing doesn't mean the battery is to blame. You don't blame the engine for blowing up when the oil pump fails. Similarly, don't blame the battery for failing when it is being abused by something you haven't yet discovered.
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Anyone thought of checking the starter connections. I changed my starter a while ago and was shocked to see how badly the connections were
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