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Hi everyone. I got covid so didn't start my less than 2 years old Equinox for a few weeks, and I think the battery died. Couldn't remote start it, wasn't getting flashing lights when i'd lock it with the fob, etc. I used an 8 Amp/2 Amp battery charger/maintainer to recharge the battery (according to that device) while it's still in the car. Took a good 10 hours I bet.

Now that the battery is recharged, the key fob lock/alarm stuff works again and the horn honks and lights flash, but I can't start it. When I get in the car to start it, it now gives me the message to "press brake to start" which I'm doing but the brake pedal is really stiff/firm/hard to push down, then it gives me a message saying "battery low start car" which is what I'm trying to do LOL. Before I charged the battery, it wasn't doing that so I'm thinking the fact it's telling me that stuff is minor progress.

Even after trying to start it a few times getting those same 2 messages, if I put the charger back on the battery, it goes back to saying charged after a few minutes, so I'm hoping that means the battery is ok maybe.

Is there like something else I have to "reset" somehow now that the battery is charged back up in order for it to start, or for it to recognize I'm pressing the brake pedal down when I'm trying to start it? I even tried REALLY pushing it down while it was stiff/firm to no avail. I really hope this isn't going to require an expensive tow to the dealership with an expensive repair, so appreciate any advice anyone can give me! Thanks in advance!!!!
 

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Craig, where do you live, is it possible that your battery froze?
 

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Craig, where do you live, is it possible that your battery froze?
temps have been in the 20s and 30s. like the radio and screen inside the car work now that i've let it charge for a while, if that even means anything
 

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That could freeze a dead battery, you should have it tested
 
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