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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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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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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Renault Modus wont start

The car is a Renault Modus 1.4 16v Dynamique 5dr 2005. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week. The car cranks but does not start. Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines that require electricity to continue running?

I was reading this question about an owner checking the alternator by disconnecting the battery, which is an easy way to validate on a gasoline engine. The single answer assumes that the OP is ...
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What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?

Suppose a car owner lives in an apartment building and parks his car nearby. He wants to detach the battery, bring it home and charge it with a mains-powered charger indoors. How to properly handle ...
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When jump-starting a car, won't there be a huge back current into the dead battery?

So imagine I have car D with the dead battery and car G with the good battery. Initially, both cars are turned off. I hook up car G to car D in the proper order. Before I start either car, won't ...
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Is 10 minutes a long enough ride time to recharge a new car battery?

Would occasional 10 minute trips be long enough to charge a completely new Honda 2013 Civic's car battery, without it slowly dying over the long term? It's getting colder now and I don't drive ...
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How to put 1997 Toyota 4Runner in neutral with dead battery?

My ’97 Toyota 4Runner with automatic transmission is parked head first in a small garage with a dead battery. I need to put it into neutral to push it out on the driveway so I can jump-start it. (This ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Charging battery after a jump start

A friend accidentally let the battery in his car run out by leaving the car lights on. He managed to get it going again with a jump start, but he wasn't sure how long he'd have to drive to ensure that ...
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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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How many volts/watts do a car battery give off?

How much power does a car battery contain, and for how long? I heard that batteries give off a massive amount of power for the first few minutes, then drop off. Let's say this is a new battery, fully ...
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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 ...
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Do I need to replace a battery that failed once but now seems to be testing successfully?

The winter temperatures were very low overnight in the area recently, with a low of -8°F/-22°C. When I went to start my 2007 Toyota Prius that was outside that night, it wouldn't start on its own. I ...
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Where Does My Boats Main Negative Battery Terminal Wire Go?

Just rebuilt most of a 2 stroke jet boat. ( if you need want any boat details, see: this thread ) When I purchased the boat, the thickest negative battery terminal wire was not connected to anything....
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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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Should I get a battery tender for a car not used for long periods of time?

Could anyone please help me? I have a Honda Civic 170i car in South Africa which I keep in storage for long periods of time while I'm working in the UK. I'm going back to SA in August for 2 months &...
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Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?

Guides to jumping a car with a dead battery commonly advise that the cable from the negative terminal of the good battery be connected to the chassis of the stalled car rather than to the negative ...
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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 ...
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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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Motorcycle Starting Issue - no longer starting after attempting to jump with a car battery

I tried jump start my bike with my car battery because the motorcycle battery was really low and would not start. I mistakenly touched both ends of the jump leads together and cause a big spark, ...
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2008 Prius Dead Battery

My Prius' battery is dead. It is in a narrow garage. 1) Can I shift it into neutral and push it out of the garage? 2) Can I open the rear hatch to jump the auxiliary battery in the trunk? 3) Is ...
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Is it possible to rebuild the batteries of the Nissan Leaf?

I've seen many used Nissan Leafs being offered for a very low cost (as little as $6000 as of 2016), but I'm concerned about the lifetime left in the batteries of those cars. Nissan says that they will ...
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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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93 Nissan Sentra SE-R, replaced alternator voltage still low

My car died while I was driving it, but I can put the battery on a charger (or from another car, with jumper cables) and get it running albeit for a short period of time. I put a multimeter on the ...
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Dead battery — is there anything else that caused this?

My battery went dead yesterday. I couldn't hear the usual cranking sound of starter. Just a faint click when try starting the engine. Replaced the battery, then all was fine. I tested the voltage ...
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Motorcycle: Honda VTR 250 difficulty starting

I have a 2000 model Honda VTR 250. Up until now the bike has been super reliable. However, recently it has been struggling to start in the morning. The engine turns over many times before catching 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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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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Car Won't Start After Disconnecting and Reconnecting Ground Cable

I wanted to reset my check engine light to see if a problem I think I fixed resurfaces, so I disconnected my negative lead from the post. When I reconnected the lead the car refused to start. ...
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DIY OBD II “Memory saver”

Since I had a need for a "memory saver" while changing a battery on a 05' S500 I decided that instead of borrowing one from a friend all the time, I will make my own.. Now isn't it just a power supply ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Idle doesn't hold on 2006 Toyota pick up truck after giving a jump, actually failing to give a jump.

We have a 2006 toyota pick up truck and a 2000 mustang with a dead battery. Cable's have been Properly connected. 1, I can get no current flow, no jump from the toyota, yet it starts the pick up ...
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Left car running with heat on; now won't start - need help diagnosing situation

I left my 2014 Hyundai Elantra running with the heat on for about 80 minutes (having intended only 30 or so), with the intention of helping dry out the backseat after an incident with a rainstorm and ...
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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 yet....
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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 ...
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Can a bad battery damage voltage regulator?

I have a '91 Ford Sierra Saphire 2.0 OHC (pinto). Have been struggling with having no charge for weeks now. I've tried two different alternators, had one of them completely rebuilt by a professional, ...
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When reconnecting a battery, why connect the positive first? [duplicate]

When reconnecting a battery, why is it recommended to connect the positive lead first, and the negative lead last? What difference does it make if they are connected in the opposite order?
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Why do I connect the positive and the negative to the battery on a boat?

My trolling motor for my boat has a black and a red connection. The red goes to the positive on the 12 volt battery. The black goes to the negative on the 12 volt battery. Could I connect the black ...
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Should I turn off my headlights while having the car run to “defrost” while I scratch ice off the windows?

My 2009 Ford Mondeo Clipper has a very nice "Max Heating" setting, where it both defrosts front and back windows, and sets the airco to max temperature, max fan speed. When I find my car windows ...
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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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Does a jump starter with lower amperage than your car battery work?

I have a 3.0 litre V6 Diesel Jaguar XJ which has a 850amp battery. A fair number of people on this 400amp Amazon jump starter say it started their 3.0 litre cars fine. http://www.amazon.co.uk/...
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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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Lots of sparks and heat when jump starting a car

I just tried to jump start a friend's car. When I connected the jumper cables, there were a lot of sparks. They were connected for nearly 30 seconds and I noticed a lot of heat and smoke coming from ...
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Where is the battery located on a Chevrolet Cobalt and how do you change it?

I'm trying to get a 2006 Cobalt back on the road. It's presenting the symptoms of run down battery (Dim lights, time on the radio is reset to 12:00, won't start). The battery is original, so it's ...
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Start a dead battery car with a power/USB charger

today my car couldn't start beacuse of dead battery. The battery is not old, I simply left my dash cam attached for a few days without using the car... I'm alone at home and my car is in a difficult ...
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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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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 ...