Reader Question Hello Austin, I have a 1975 Chevrolet nova and i replaced the battery a week ago. When I go to start it nothing works and the connections to the battery are fine, today I tried to jump start it and the same thing happened, nothing. before i put in this battery it would jump start with the old one too.Today i also checked the fuses and i dint see anything wrong. But i cant take it anywhere because I’m painting it right now but i don’t want to mess up my new engine by not starting it
If the headlights are bright, check the starter motor. Follow the red battery cable down under the vehicle and make sure the connections are good and tight at the starter. You can sometimes lightly tap on the starter motor with a rubber hammer or a block of wood AS someone hold the ignition key down. This can help kick start a weak starter motor.
If the headlights are not bright or not working at all either, you have a loose battery cable connection, or there might be a fuse link in the battery cable somewhere. I would follow the red battery cable around and any other cables that are connected to the battery and look for a plastic fuse holder that would hold a glass fuse.