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 ...

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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between a normal battery and a maintenance free battery in a 2 wheeler segment

What is the difference between a normal battery and maintenance free battery. Is a maintenance free battery really free of maintenance or just it requires less no of charge cycles. I currently own a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Car battery won't charge above 50%

I had a problem starting my car after not driving it for two weeks. After charging the battery with a CTEK trickle charger via the cigarette lighter socket, the car started fine. I had my car battery ...
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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 ...
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Why use a car battery charger?

What's the need for car battery chargers that I often see on display in auto parts shops? I mean a battery is sold charged (and if it discharges too much it just dies and can't be restored) and every ...
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Car battery appears good but car won't start

My 2005 Nissan won't start today. Battery is relatively new(about one year old) and I can turn the lights on, front headlights, and it appears fine. However, when I tried to start the car by turning ...
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Need help with my 2004 Volvo S80

I am having a problem with my 2004 Volvo S80 ... In the mornings when I go to start my car, I get a message skid service required ... Then after I mess with it a little bit the message goes away ... I ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Replace or recharge a battery after is has been drained?

The keys in my car were left in the on position for about 12 hours (and maybe the interior light left on) and the battery is drained. Is there any way I tell if I should replace the existing one or ...
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Trouble starting car, cold weather. MB A140 W168

So, I have a Mercedes-Benz, A140 W168. I moved to Finland about 18ish months ago which is when we bought the car 2nd hand. Last winter temperatures only went down to around -15C (5F) degrees, and ...
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Should negative trickle charger clips be attached to the battery negative terminal, or ground?

I'm trickle-charging a car using direct connections to the battery. I thought this couldn't be simpler: ventilate, unhook the battery, connect the positive first, then the negative, then turn on the ...
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Factory panic alarm going off after changing battery [97 Toyota Camry]

We just changed the battery in our 1997 Toyota Camry now as soon as we connect the battery the panic alarm goes off and all the doors lock. How do we stop this / turn it off. ///note: the battery in ...
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2004 Ford Escape battery light comes on intermittently - what likely cause(s) are there?

I have a 2004 Ford Escape Limited on which the battery light has been coming on randomly for varying amounts of time while the vehicle is in active operation. I have checked the battery cables and ...
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ECM Fuse Blown what to test next

Recently I was on the highway and suddenly my car broke down and it was cranking and all but not starting so I knew some fuse has blown. I removed the indicator fuse and used it for fuse which gave ...
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Using a car with an inaccessible negative battery terminal to jump start

When trying to jump start my Volvo XC-60, I came across a very unexpected problem. I tried to use our 2nd vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape, as the assisting car to jump start mine. But when I looked at ...
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Does this crack in a battery terminal post indicate that the battery should be replaced?

Mechanics at the local garage have insisted it's "no problem yet", but people here in Sierra Leone have different standards to me when it comes to car safety... This is a pic of the positive terminal ...
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New Case - Watered the battery and got rust on one of the engine pipe

I bought new car and I added battery water to level. But some spilled on the engine and one of pipe got effected and it has rust on it. I went to mechanic, he told me to apply diesel on it. I did, ...
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Poor battery condition, replacement required! Or is it?

I drive a 2004 VW Passat B5. Recently, my insurance company came round to fit a black box to my car as part of the terms and conditions of my car insurance policy. Whilst they were doing this they had ...
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How does Audi A6 C6 battery level meter work?

my Audi a6 c6 always show (through MMI) that my battery level is 100% despite if it's almost empty. Wondering how does it work? Does it only checks the voltage of the battery? If so wouldn't it be ...
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What's with my Toyota Tercel after I jump started another person's vehicle?

I jump started my daughter's vehicle which is a 6 cylinder with my Toyota 4 cylinder. Will that affect my Toyota car? I'm not sure if it was a existing problem and jump starting it made it worse. ...
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RPM problem Ford 2009 Crown Vic

I recently removed the car battery and plugged it again. I then noticed that when I turn the A/C on the RPM goes up and down 1000~500 rpm and sometimes when I shift the gear from N to D or R the car ...
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Battery light on after new alternator

Car: 2003 Honda Civic Si G1Wh dash cam, 400w amp, 4300k HIDs My alternator failed badly (stereo cutting off), no battery light. Replaced it with a reman Duralast, battery light is on. It shows 14.5v ...
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Are there downsides to making an accessory socket always live, if accessories are removed when not in use?

In some cars, the power line from the battery to the accessory outlet (aka cigarette lighter socket) is always live. In others, it's off until ignition. It seems pretty much random which cars are ...
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AirbBag and 4x4 light is on after changing BMW X3 battery. Why?

After I changed my BMW X3 2008 battery at home the 4x4 and AirBag light is on. Any ideas why? Some people claim that changing BMW x3 battery is not straight forward, however, they don't explicitly ...
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How to test charge-holding condition of car lead acid battery

One of our cars recently had problems starting on a ~70°F day, after having the headlights on for 10-15mins with the engine stopped, post a 20 mile drive. The decision was to replace the battery, ...
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charging battery bank with two vastly different batteries

I have a ctek D250S DC-DC charger in my vehicle charging a 12V 100Ah agm battery from solar and alternator with up to 20A. While travelling I need to charge a 12V 7.5Ah SLA battery. Conneting both in ...
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Power cuts out when I wiggle positive battery terminal [closed]

Power cuts out when I wiggle positive battery terminal right when I wiggle it left power comes back on megane 225 please help when I put foot on accelerator it feels like I'm being g pushed backwards ...
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Battery and Alternator Pass Test - 2003 Mustang GT

I have a 2003 Ford Mustang GT, I had the battery tested and it will take a jump and start up so naturally I am thinking the alternator is bad. I take the alternator out and have it tested 3 times and ...
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Wiring Harness / Fuse Panel Repair

I have a 2006 Dodge Magnum and a friend of mine was changing the starter. Forgot to unhook the battery. And when the hot wire on starter grounded out it Melted the Negative battery cable until it ...
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Why do the batteries on some cars need to be hot-swapped?

By "hot-swap" I mean ensuring that the new battery is connected in parallel to the old battery while the old battery is removed and the new one is installed in its place. The idea is to ensure that ...
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What is the expected lifetime and failure mode of lead acid battery?

I have a four and half year old manual transmission car with start/stop technology. The car has required jump start once after I accidentally left the lights on overnight. I have recently noticed that ...
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Burning Rubber while driving and after

Tonight I popped out in my partners car and noticed an awful burning/chemical smell whilst driving, this smell got worse if you turned on the AC (FAN BLOWER), so I got her to pull over and had her pop ...
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Removing a car battery - order of wires explanation

Q1: When one removes a car battery, why does one start with the minus wire? Is it because if we remove the plus wire first it may touch the body of the car and close the circuit, causing a ...
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Non-functional gas pedal, engine stalling, dead battery: broken alternator?

I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The following happened twice within a few days: I stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, pressing the gas pedal had no effect at all. However, the car ...
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2003 honda accord battery light

Battery light keeps coming on and off and power steering feels like it is going out. New battery a year ago, new alternator a year ago. Replaced the accessory belt a week ago as well as the accessory ...
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Battery Explosion - What are the reasons a battery would explode?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I saw a battery explode. I was about 100 feet away and two mechanics were jump starting a Harley Davidson from a truck. The operator of the truck was ...
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How many amps should my car pull while it is turned off?

I've recently started having a bit of trouble with my car. I typically drive my car to and from work each day. A couple weeks ago I went on vacation and when I returned, my car battery was as dead ...
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How do I apply dielectric grease to my battery?

I recently had a new battery installed in my 2006 Subaru Forester. The shop did not use any dielectric grease, just connected the leads to the terminal and that's it. What is the preferred method of ...
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Suddenly losing electrical power, but after jump start, test the battery and alternator, they seem fine

99 corolla seca. OK so first time it happened i was driving and i suddenly lost power (electrics / everything else) it just kind of putters a little and then that's it. I called roadside assist and ...
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Are inverters bad for your car?

I bought a Duralast 130W inverter and it says 260 peak watts and it plugs into the 12V cigarette lighter. I want to charge my HP laptop with it. Is it bad for the car?
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Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)

I was recently in the lucky position to obtain an (almost brand new) Alfa Romeo MiTo, Progression. Like many new cars coming out these days, it has "Start & Stop" technology that turns the engine ...
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Is white powder on the battery terminals harmful?

I have a four and half year old car. I have recently noticed that there is white powder forming to the battery terminals. The car still has the original battery and probably should be replaced ...
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Viable replacements for lead-acid batteries?

Given the state of battery technology, is it viable for either motorcycles or cars to replace the original spec 12V lead-acid battery with a different type of battery? My question comes about as I ...
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2005 4 cyl Ford Escape

My daughter's 17 and pretty smart. Her Escape wouldn't turn over this morning, sounded like she just needed to jump it. She's never done it before, I'm at work, so I told her to get her friend and ...