No power this morning, can’t remove key.

Onslow

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  • Jun 26, 2018
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  • Weirdest thing try to leave the house today. The Sonic (2012 LT) was dead as a doornail with no power going to dash in the slightest. To top that the key will not fully turn to the position required for removal.

    All has been well leading up to this so not sure what it would be. The only thing I can think of is about a week ago I noticed the radio (which has recently lost its «click» in the push-on button) is TOO easy to turn off or on. Also it appears that the radio works with the door open after turning the ignition off. I made sure it was off last night so don’t think it ran the power down.

    Any advise appreciated. Thanks!

    Pirate Luke

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    • Jun 26, 2018
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  • Onslow

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    • Jun 26, 2018
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  • ScarabEpic22

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    • Jun 26, 2018
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  • Onslow

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    • Jun 27, 2018
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  • Thanks all. Was able to jump it this evening.

    Trunk (where the jumper cables were) was inaccessible due to no power — thought about it and remembered I could get in through the back seat fold-down.

    Working now to get into the fuse box to remove the radio fuse (based on other posts I read on this forum : ) . Don’t need this happening again!

    Onslow

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    • Jun 27, 2018
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  • While getting at the «audio» fuse (with the driver door open) the battery went dead again. I ran the engine for about 10 min and did a quick turn off /restart of the car before all that. Will continue to investigate. Maybe I didn’t run the engine with enough time to recharge the battery.

    Maddmatts

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    • Jun 27, 2018
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  • Onslow

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    • Jun 28, 2018
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  • A quick follow-up: Removed the «audio» fuse last night. Jumped the car again. Been driving it around okay, but the Advance battery tester I visited said «Battery Bad» (or something like that).

    Started it up this morning okay (which is something that didn’t work out the prior morning when the audio fuse was still in). Took it on a trip to the next county and no problems with restarting. So far so good!

    I will take it to the Interstate battery dealer (Advance wanted $150 for replacement) to get a second opinion on bad battery diagnosis. If I’m going to spend $$$ I need something decent unless you all know of a better brand for the money?

    Probably need to get the $45 radio Crutchfield has (supposedly better than the factory one except no CD — but does come with USB stick input!). I think the wonky radio is also the culprit — for now.

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