Join Date: May 2019
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2006, horn blaring during jump start, now completely dead
I woke up to a dead battery in my '06 outback this morning, and when I went to jump it the horn started going off as soon as I connected the donor car. While connected, and with the horn going off, I got into the outback and there were no dash lights on, and turning the key in the ignition did nothing. I disconnected the jumper cables to stop the damned horn, and also took off the battery cables to clean them and the battery posts with a wire brush.
After cleaning the posts/clamps, I tightened them back up, took out the fuse for the horn, and attempted to jump again. This time I got no response at all. I tested that the cables were hot, and they sparked when touched together, but with the positive on the battery, I couldn't get a spark out of the negative on any grounding point on the car. Predictably, there was no power to the dash or the ignition.
At this point I took the battery out, got it tested at the local parts store, and because the clerk said he couldn't even get a reading on it on the battery tester, I bought a new one.
After getting home, and installing the new battery, I still have a completely dead car. No dash lights, nothing at the ignition, etc.
Any ideas as to what's going on here??
I'm perplexed because initially the car seemed to take juice from the jumper cables (and fire off the horn, something I've never experienced during the dozen other times I've jumped the car, so I don't know why that happened) and now it's just dead altogether. Strange.
Thanks in advance to all replies, I really appreciate your help!!