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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Does intermittent starting difficulty indicate alternator or starter?

Tl;dr: Car is having trouble starting, and I'm wondering how to determine if it's the alternator or the starter. I don't experience the longer turn over times of a typical starter malfunction, but I ...
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2002 Honda CRV Suddenly Throwing Multiple Codes and then a Dead Battery

Last night the CEL came on, and I got the codes read on the way home. P0122: Throttle Position sensor "A" circuit low voltage P0139: Secondary HO2S12 (heated oxygen sensor - bank 1 sensor 2) circuit ...
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Does a corroded starter drain battery?

I know a "bad" starter can drain battery, but am unsure what constitutes "bad enough" to allow a starter to drain the battery. Suppose a hypothetical coolant leak has corroded one's starter. Would ...
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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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My car has problems starting, but the dealership checked the battery and said it was fine

I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 - The other day, the car wouldn't start. We jumped the battery and it started right up. No lights were left on and nothing is plugged in that would be causing this. I took it ...
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Honda Civic hybrid won't start

My Honda Civic hybrid won't start. No interior lights, no power. Can I jump start the battery under the hood? Not sure since it is a hybrid and has two? batteries. I did not drive it for 3days. ...
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White Powder Forming on Battery Hold Down Bracket

I replaced the battery on my 98 Mazda 626 GF 2L about a month ago. I haven't driven it for about two weeks, and noticed the voltage is down from about 12.57 to 12.02 so far. I just noticed that ...
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Impact of cigarette lighter ports on car battery

I have a cigarette lighter hole in my car that produces 12V. I bought a cigarette lighter extender that has 3 cigarette holes and each hole has 12V so that's 36V instead of 12V. Will that damage my ...
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2013 Honda Civic battery hold down bracket plastic cap wont come off

I'm trying to replace the battery on my 2013 Honda Civic. I gotta take off the hold down bracket but there is a little cap on top of the bracket nut that's keeping the cables (needlessly) secure. ...
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Car doesn't start, cranked at first but now it doesn't

I have a Honda Civic 1995 that suddenly didn't start after a day or two of not being used. I managed to start it with starter cables and drive but when I turned it off I did not start again. I didn't ...
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Problems with starting my Motorcycle [closed]

I have a Honda 2003 VTX 1300 S Retro that will not start without a jump. I just purchased a new battery on line (Chinese) for this type of bike charged it and still getting the same results as before. ...
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Car Battery problem: The car did not start

Yesterday, my car did not start and I had to ask the ADAC (automobile club in Germany) to come. The problem was in the battery. The ADAC guy connected my car's battery to another battery then the car ...
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Weird charging issue

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey that I changed the battery on about a month ago. I was a little paranoid that I might also have a charging problem so I've been keeping a little voltmeter plugged into the ...
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Switched battery terminals when installing, 2008 Chevy Cobalt

2008 Chevy Cobalt LS I was installing a charged battery and accidentally put the positive wire on the negative terminal and then as soon as I touched the negative wire to the positive terminal I ...
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Why the different the colors of terminal corrosion on the battery?

I have a 2001 Ford Windstar. When I went to clean the battery terminals: the one with the RED cover over it was a bright blue color; the other had normal white corrosion. I do not know why the this ...
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Fresh battery, no lights on 1979 Honda CB125 [closed]

I have a 1979 Honda CB125 that was running consistently about 2 years ago. It then sat for two years and the battery was corroded so I replaced it. I've made sure the battery is charged (I have a ...
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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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Car won't start - replaced alternator - didn't help

I have a 5-6 years old Mazda 6 2010, 2.5L engine. My car simply won't start. I had this issue yesterday, so I called roadside assistance and they were able to jump start my car. I drove straight to ...
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What can we reliably tell from an in-vehicle battery voltage display?

The Red Cross division I am with recently purchased a new ambulance. It comes with a touchscreen display in the cockpit where we can control lights, sirens, check the temperature in the back, control ...
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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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Car won't start with a perfect new battery

I have a Toyota Tacoma 2001 and my car won't start off the battery under the hood. The battery is brand new and has a full charge. It's been working perfectly for 3 months since I installed the new ...
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Can I jumpstart a non-hybrid car from a hybrid or full electric car?

This morning I had starter battery troubles with my 2001 VW Eurovan. As it happened, my father-in-law arrived just at the right time in his fancy new Toyota Camry hybrid. So we opened the hoods, dug ...
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Starting using a deep-cycle battery

This weekend, during a camping trip, the starter battery on my 2001 VW Eurovan camper started to show signs of weakness - cranking was much slower than usual and took about 5 attempts to get the ...
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Is it recommended/necessary to wear rubber gloves while replacing a car battery?

I'm not too car-savvy but I want to start working on my car on my own. My first challenge has arisen: replace battery. Do I need to concern myself with being shocked while trying to change the ...
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Will an auxiliary battery hurt a vehicle's alternator?

I am going to be road tripping and living out of my SUV for a while. I need a way to power a tiny portable cooler/fridge 24/7 and would like to be able to power my cell phone, laptop, and maybe a few ...
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Is it safe to charge two batteries off of one alternator?

Right now I have a 3000 Watt invertor wired to a 100ah sealed deep cell battery that I trickle charge at night. My plan is to run #6 wire from the battery in the engine to the spare battery so the ...
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Battery Light Won't Go Off Since Changing Battery

I just changed the battery on my 98 Mazda 626 and now the battery light comes on and stays on after starting the car. I checked the battery and it's reading 12.8v with the engine off, and 13.8 with ...
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What to do when accidentally overfilled a car battery

My car, a 2003 Toyota Kijang (known as Toyota Revo in other markets) uses a non maintenance-free battery that has to be topped up every now and then with distilled water. Today, while filling it up, ...
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Portable jumpstart kits: why aren't regular car batteries this small?

I was looking at the details of this jumpstart product: It claims to be 2 lbs and 14.2 x 12 x 3.5 inches, which I think is for the outer black canvas case, so I would guess the actual device is ...
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How to dispose of battery terminal clean up leftovers?

Today I cleaned up the corrosion on the terminals of my car battery. I have a 2010 VW Jetta. I used a toothbrush and baking soda mixed with water to clean the battery terminals. Now the terminals ...
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Do I have battery or engine problems?

Yesterday, I used my car to drive literally 2mins. Away from my dorm building to get to my class building and back because of bad weather. 30+mins. Later I come back outside and use my remote to ...
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Remote Key Fob working only inside the car (close to reciever)

I am struggling to get my Peugeot 308 2-Button Remote Key back to work. I noticed first issues when my Remote Key unlocked / locked the car after several attempts. Then one day it suddenly did not ...
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Disconnecting negative battery terminal

Why do almost every automotive procedure instructions start by saying: Disconnect the cable from the battery negative terminal. ?
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Does draining a battery typically leave it in a state that it won't take a charge?

My son borrowed a car and the battery seemed fine, car started fine every time. However it died after my son left some overhead lights on in the car overnight. We jumped it, and he drove about 20 ...
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Battery terminal connection issue

I have a dodge caravan 2012 and I recently got an electronic anti-rust device installed. 3 weeks after, I experienced a first problem. I started the engine then it stopped after 2 seconds. I ...
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How long will a 12V vehicle battery last if vehicle not used? [closed]

Without using a battery charger, about how long will a 12V vehicle battery last while sitting connected in an unused vehicle? In other words, how often do you need to drive a vehicle in order to keep ...
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How much amperage is an average car battery?

So, this is in general terms... But say you have a flat battery and you wanted to start a car without another card battery? Car batteries are 12V but I'm not sure how much current they are. Do they ...
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Car won't start, dies after jump

I have a 2007 Ford Mustang, 6 cylinder. A few hours after I drove it, the battery was completely dead. It can start with a jump, but if left to idle the engine stops soon after the cables are removed. ...
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Interpreting AC Delco's manufacturing date for car batteries

I understand that AC Delco encodes the month of manufacturing a car battery using two digits and encodes the year by one digit. The battery I just purchased, for example, is labeled P124R, which, ...
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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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Jumping car with too many amps?

Is it bad to jump your car with too many amps (i.e., with a 1000 amp jumper vs. a 400 amp jumper)? Or does the car regulate how many amps it will take? EDIT: I was told 400 amps is enough for most ...
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Getting information from manufacturing code on Exide car battery

If you can help me decode the following manufacturing code on EXIDE EA640 battery, especially which production plant has made it what was the date of manufacturing Code: 3EC28K5 Perhaps 28K ...
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Second battery for Android Stereo

I have an android head unit that suffers (like most stereos) a power drop/fail on starting the car. While the unit is engineered to retain OS power for a few seconds, the dvd player has to restart, ...
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Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?

My father in law tells me if I leave the radio on in my car when I shut off the engine this will cause a bit of battery drain when I start the car. He says this will actually reduce the life of my ...
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Can I use tap or A/C water in my battery?

I am a little confused on this, I have been using tap water which seems to work(I don't know if there are some long time after effects). But someone recommended to use the water coming out from my A/C ...
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Bikes power is iffy [closed]

Hi I have a 03 katana and for some reason the bike won't power on anymore...I turn the key and nothing no lights nothing. I'm not sure if it's the battery or what. What should I do to trouble shoot ...
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Car and bike. How to keep it in good condition when unused for two months?

I've seen this post, this one and this one. But what about a bike like a Hero Honda Splendor+? Apart from keeping the fuel petcock off, what else should be done to ensure that the bike runs fine after ...
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Could very minor impacts have caused electrical problems?

I've recently bought a 2002 Kia Shuma, and a few days ago I went for a 10 mile drive. I'm still learning how to drive, and I bumped into two kerbs, and while parking I hit a wall at low speed, at ...
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How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?

I bought a 'new' (2004) Subaru Forester last week. The other day, I took it in to have the wheel alignment checked, and once they had finished aligning it, they came back and said "the battery was ...
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Gases from car batteries

Does my car battery emit Hydrogen Sulfide gas when charging, or just Hydrogen gas? I bought the battery around July 2014 (brand new), and because I did not drive my car for a period of one and a half ...