A rechargeable device most often made of lead plates covered in an electrolyte and protected by a plastic shell which supplies consistent electrical energy to a motor vehicle. Often referred to as an SLI battery (starting, lighting, ignition). Powers starter motor, lights, and ignition systems of a ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

5
votes
1answer
32 views

How should I properly connect a high-current accessory?

I have a 2012 Honda Accord that I would like to install a radio transceiver in. At peak, its current draw is 22A @ 13.8VDC. Generally, the wisdom is that it should be connected directly to the battery ...
3
votes
1answer
32 views

2004 mustang v6 new altenator and battery

I just changed out my alternator and got a battery last week. We can jump the car and the car will drive. While I was letting it just sit to run to charge more the car cut off and nothing happens. ...
10
votes
5answers
843 views

Can a car AC unit be run on just the car battery?

This might be a silly question but I was wondering if a car AC unit be run off entirely on battery or alternator? As this could help in Preventing power loss during important times such as ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Adding another battery and solar panels [duplicate]

I just bought a 93 chevy conversion van I will but turning into a full time camper van. I had planned on mounting solar panels to the roof and install lights on the inside. The stock lights on the ...
5
votes
1answer
50 views

Car battery ground appears to have severed, is it safe to jump?

I tried to start my car today but after a few splutters, the ignition quit (i.e. turning it does nothing now). The inside lights / brake lights don't go on anymore, so I assume the battery's dead. But ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Is charging my engine battery like this bad?

I left a 2001 V6 Honda Accord unrun for ~4 months (I don't have a license). Naturally, the battery is dead. I have heard that letting the alternator charge the battery from empty like this puts ...
10
votes
1answer
64 views

Is there any advantage to keeping the battery “topped up”?

I got an engine/cabin heater installed into my car right before winter, which was great for driving comfort this winter. One of its "side-effect" features is that it charges and keeps your battery at ...
5
votes
1answer
35 views

2013 Honda Accord clicking repeatedly on its own?

I come home at 2:30 today. Two hours later, I go out to the garage to find my car clicking repeatedly while the parking lights flicker in unison with the clicks. I hadn't even gotten into my car ...
3
votes
1answer
62 views

When jump starting a car why not hook up the negative on the donor car last? [duplicate]

I understand the safety concerns leading to grounding to the frame or engine for the car with a dead battery. From what I've read the dead battery is the one with a chance of venting hydrogen, but ...
7
votes
3answers
561 views

Why do attempts to charge a flat car battery with an electronic battery pack give results as if there's a short circuit?

I'm not having a good weekend - car wouldn't start, even when jump started using a conveniently placed 12v generator battery (almost identical to this question, I suspect dodgy cabling to the ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Cleaned Battery Corrosion and Now Engine Won't Rev

I had a large build-up of battery corrosion on my car battery. I unplugged the cables off it, cleaned the terminals with soda. After reattaching everything, I now find that while my truck will start, ...
13
votes
4answers
170 views

Can a weak battery destroy an alternator?

I've heard a story that a weak vehicle battery can destroy an alternator or cause an alternator to fail early. Is this true, or is it largely fiction?
2
votes
1answer
44 views

2007 BMW X3 3.0Si wont start

I made the mistake of buying a BMW when moving to the Caribbean. It ran very well and has had a quarterly service every year. (We basically live on a permanent hill, very steep up and down) Last week ...
6
votes
1answer
49 views

New brakes, intermittent ABS light and battery light

Last weekend, I put new Wilwood calipers, pads and stainless brake lines on the rear of my 06 Solstice. On Tuesday, I started seeing an intermittent ABS warning light. Yesterday (Wednesday), I ...
4
votes
1answer
41 views

External regulator just installed and now there is a battery drain that kills my car

My 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee started beeping and telling me to check the battery. So I had the car tested and it said the voltage regulator was bad. The voltage regulator on these Jeeps are in the ...
4
votes
1answer
57 views

What are the cold cranking amps required to start Jaguar S type 3l petrol engine

I'm trying to find the typical* cold cranking amps required to start a Jaguar S-type 3 litre v6 petrol engine (UK) so that I can be more informed when I research batteries, boosters, chargers etc. ...
3
votes
1answer
33 views

Reccommended booster for 2000 Jaguar S type (3 litre petrol, UK)

I only drive this car on weekends, and if I have only done short journeys there is a risk of a flat battery. This happened to me two days ago, and standing on a street in the cold waiting for ...
2
votes
1answer
59 views

Swift Dzire Battery Sign remains ON whenever car is started after 9-10 hrs

Swift Dzire Battery Sign remains ON in the dashboard lights whenever car is started after 9-10 hrs and Car doesn't move until the battery sign is gone. Battery Sign usually remains ON for 10-15 ...
10
votes
3answers
491 views

How to upgrade a motorcycle battery to a bigger AH battery?

My motorcycle (honda CBF150) came with a 12V 3AH battery. I want to change the stock 35w headlight to a higher power one and connect them directly to the battery (the stock ones are not, and they ...
7
votes
2answers
432 views

12V Battery change

4 weeks ago I changed a 12V battery on my Toyota Prius auto. But after being in for two weeks the battery was discharged again. I tried to recharge it, but it did not work - the charger does not start ...
4
votes
1answer
26 views

2005 Civic - Strange electrical issues

My wife's 05 civic started to have some strange electrical issues. I'm not sure even where to start troubleshooting. She originally complained that both headlights died simultaneously. I assumed ...
4
votes
2answers
51 views

When you replace a car battery, would anything in the A/C system be touched?

Last year my A/C was fixed. Then winter came. Then I had to buy a new car battery and so I went to a mechanic[1] who I paid to replace the battery with a new one. My question is: When you replace a ...
3
votes
1answer
99 views

Motorbike has no power, but kick start works

First up the motorcycle in question is a Skyteam V-Retro 250 (V-Raptor in some countries). On the way home last night I noticed that my tail lights weren't working so I bought a new bulb like I had ...
6
votes
4answers
692 views

Considerations for soldering car battery wires?

I've had several problems with my car's wiring oxidizing at the exposed ends near and under post clamp and causing electrical connectivity problems. The braided wire is a pain to brush clean and I ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

Amplifier is causing battery drain

Okay I'm driving a 1998 Honda Civic EX and I have an audio system in my car that is about 7-8 years old now. I had done some work on one of the terminals on the subwoofers, and melted plastic in ...
5
votes
2answers
118 views

Multimeter to check car battery current

short background, my car battery will often be too flat to start the car if I don't use it for about 48 hours. Worst it happened the other day after leaving it at airport car park for 4 days and come ...
4
votes
2answers
137 views

How much current should my car draw with the ignition on?

With the ignition fully off, my current draw is pretty much zero, but with the ignition on (to be clear - engine not spinning, starter motor not engaged) it increases to 2.5 amps (at about 11.5v, ...
1
vote
2answers
53 views

Hyundai XG350 - Positive or Negative Ground Battery?

I have a 2002 Hyundai XG350, and all of the wires from the battery run out of sight before connecting to the chassis. There is only one wire coming off of the negative, and a number of different ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

Are two-wheeler battery types interchangable [duplicate]

I have a Honda Activa 2007 model. The battery fitted in it is electrolyte topup battery which requires distilled water to be filled up from time to time. My question is can a maintenance free battery ...
3
votes
2answers
43 views

What would cause my truck to shut off during me cranking it?

My 1999 Mercury Mountaineer shut off during mid crank. It acted as if it wanted to crank then it shut off. Everything shut down. Outside and inside lights shut off. When I tried to crank it, it didn't ...
3
votes
1answer
48 views

Calculate current drain from the battery in a drive

Control module voltage is one of the OBD PID. It signifies the car battery voltage. Is there any way to calculate how much current is drawn in a drive (say 7 km from my office to home). The voltage ...
3
votes
0answers
45 views

Battery Draw while car is off at 3.24

I have a 2007 Saab 95 wagon... For about 6 months at random about once a month my car has been dead. After calling AAA and they told me there is a draw from the battery at apx 3.24 which is should be ...
8
votes
1answer
102 views

Disconnected wires near battery in BMW e46

I noticed a disconnected wire dangling next to the battery in the trunk of my 2005 BMW 330ci. It was actually a red and blue wire that veered off from the thick red one in the middle of the image. ...
4
votes
1answer
81 views

Battery light flashing after alternator install on 2004 Ford Escape

I just put new alternator on my 2004 Ford Escape, and now my battery light keeps flashing on and off, and it will sometimes stay on. The battery has been checked and is charging 100 % . The alternator ...
5
votes
2answers
217 views

Motorcycle won't turn over immediately after a pit stop

Motorcycle: 1980 Honda CB900 Custom. After refilling the battery with distilled water, getting it charged and letting the motorcycle sit for a few days... I then went for a ride yesterday. The ...
8
votes
2answers
99 views

Old starter clicked, wont turn over engine. New starter wont even click - no noise at all

My old starter would click, but not turn the engine over. I got a brand new starter and installed it. The only two wires connected to the starter are completely different and can only be fit in the ...
5
votes
1answer
45 views

I reversed polarity on a jump pack when attempting to start my 2000 Dodge Neon.

I attempted to jump my 2000 Dodge Neon off in the dark with a jump pack, and I accidentally reversed the polarity. The tire inflator on the jump pack landed on my positive starter wire and burned it ...
13
votes
1answer
273 views

Replace car batteries with capacitors?

I recently watched this video on YouTube which basically shows the guy replacing a larger capacitors with some smaller capacitors which he had bought. The larger capacitors were actually in place of a ...
5
votes
1answer
54 views

2002 golf dead battery - Was able to jump - Bad alternator or Battery

I have a 2002 Golf. I put the car on the drive on Friday night and tried to use it on Wednesday and it was dead. No lights, no display nothing. I came home and jump started and it ran fine. No stalls ...
6
votes
1answer
67 views

Help with Strange Intermittent yet predictable parasitic battery drain?

I'm having an issue where while testing circuits for the offending drain, I will see NO drain for about 30 seconds and then a 6-9 amp drain for about 10; rinse and repeat. Anybody have an idea what ...
3
votes
3answers
101 views

How can you use the headlights to tell the quality of your battery?

I understand that all headlights do dim briefly when you turn the engine on and that this is normal. I also believe that the headlights will dim more if the car battery is in poor condition. I hope ...
6
votes
1answer
233 views

Starter solenoid clicking continuously

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. My car would not start yesterday. When the ignition was turned, all that could be heard was a continuous clicking which then slowed after a while, ...
4
votes
2answers
155 views

Can I use any portable powerbank to jump start a car

Say I have some ordinary portable powerbanks I use for my smartphone, I wonder if all of them are able to jump start a car with flat battery as long as I have a correct connector (e.g. clamp). Or ...
7
votes
1answer
52 views

How can I dispose of the waste products I get from working on my car more effectively?

I have some real challenges disposing of various fluids and consumable objects from working on vehicles at home in my small workshop. Some of the more common things that I want to be able to dispose ...
4
votes
2answers
287 views

What battery should I buy for my vehicle?

My girlfriend has a Nissan Versa 2014 (although this question still applies for any other car), and I need to buy a battery for it. I went to both Walmart and Advance Auto parts and there are lots of ...
10
votes
1answer
85 views

Do any car batteries come dry with the electrolyte in a seperate container?

Small batteries for Motorcycles and Lawn Tractors are typically sold with the electrolyte in a separate bottle and must be added to the battery at home before installing it. I've never seen a "dry" ...
7
votes
1answer
96 views

Do car batteries degrade when left charged, boxed and unconnected for long periods, e.g. in a shop?

I was discussing where to buy car batteries with a friend who is a professional driver and who has briefly worked as a mechanic. He suggested buying from one particular shop for several reasons, one ...
6
votes
5answers
257 views

Charging circuit

I have a motorhome and tow my car behind. Since I have to leave the car in accessory mode so the steering wheel is unlocked, the battery doesn't last a long time. I want to run a DS line from the ...
4
votes
2answers
55 views

Why does my car die completely (after a battery recharge)?

Recently, the keys in my car were left in the ignition in the 'on' position and my battery was drained. I posted a question about replacing v. recharging (24930). I removed the battery from the car ...
7
votes
4answers
744 views

Corrosion on battery, won't start, making clicking noise, won't charge

I'm trying to charge the battery on my 2002 Celica. Here is some background: Battery is a bit old, around 3 years or so. Corrosion has been building on the battery to the point that it almost ...