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Is it the battery?
Posted 29 July 2003 - 09:33 AM
I left a map light on and it drained the battery. I jumped it and it started no problem. I left it running and drove around for 15 minutes, turned it off and it was able to restart. However, I then left it off for a day and the battery drained out. I checked to see if there was anything draining it and everything was off. So I boosted it again without a problem and left it for another day and and again the same thing happened, the battery lost it's charge.
I suspect the battery needs to be replaced. Is that the right conclusion or is it likely something else?
Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:33 AM
Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:47 AM
Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:43 PM
The reason why I don't think it is the alternator is because once i boost it it can run no problem. If the alternator was bad, wouldn't it not run even after a boost?
On the other hand, the alternator does not seem to have been replaced in a while - if ever - and the battery seems fairly new (hard to tell but it does not seem to have too much wear on it). It's a car someone just gave me so I have no clue as to the age of the parts. I can only guess.
The choice is basically to either go to Auto Zone first thing in the morning before work and get a battery or leave it for a mechanic to get the alternator done.
Any ideas or educated guesses?
Posted 29 July 2003 - 08:57 PM
Either way as one person mentioned it'd be best to spend on a good little charger that charges slow like 1-2 amps that has a meter and shows you if its good.The BatteryTender goes for around $19.95.and it's automatic so you won't overcharge it.They also make one that's not automatic for around $12 if I remember right.Long slow charge is best.
Or just cough up for a good new battery as long as your amp meter shows you're charging around 12.5-14
Posted 29 July 2003 - 09:01 PM
It's actually another car someone gave me.
So you don't think it is the alternator, based on the facts and story?
Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:14 PM
Posted 30 July 2003 - 04:14 AM
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