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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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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diagnose faulty voltage regulator causing battery overcharging?

I've been having an issue with an '03 Toyota Echo. The alternator died (at least that is what I thought) as the battery kept going flat. I found an alternator at a wrecker and fitted it, and I ...
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Create Car Battery Load from Smaller Batteries

I want to determine if it is possible to chain together smaller household batteries to produce the equivalent output of a 12V car battery (temporarily). There is a practical reason for this bizarre ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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06 Ford Escape Dead Battery Keypad Entry

So, the Escape was sitting in the parking garage for a couple weeks with the keys inside and no spare available (don't ask, this is a shared company vehicle with keypad entry). The keypad isn't ...
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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 ...
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My battery light came on, can I still drive?

I drive a 2002 Honda Civic and today on my way to work the battery light came on. I drove my car to auto zone and they told me my battery is no good anymore. However, I was planning on driving home ...
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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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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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97 Jeep Cherokee check gauges light came on and then my battery gauge dropped down to 9 didn't lose any power?

I'm so confused I had just left my house and got 3 blocks away and my check gauges light came on, then my battery gauge dropped down to 9v. My Jeep didn't lose power, and the radio, heat, lights and ...
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2007 honda cr-v dead battery, electrical fuses blown

Honda CR-V 2007 I parked this car on Friday. It would not start on Sunday and the cd changer changed a bunch every time I tried and a few other dash lights came on. It was cold during the 2 days (...
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how to charge a dead motorcycle battery?

I have a 1983 Honda Nighthawk but the battery has died. I also have a trickle charger that you see in this photo but I'm not quite sure what amp and voltage settings I need to use for a motorcycle ...
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What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
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Anderson connector for car battery?

I am thinking about making a 20Ah LiFePo battery for my jeep with 4 tenergy LifePo4 cells from eBay. I will solder the terminals directly to each other, but for the leads going to the car, can I use ...
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What do battery numbers mean? E.g., 26R-5N

I went to Walmart and put my car's information (2000 Dodge Neon) into the electronic battery selector, and it told me to purchase a 26R-5N battery (which matches my current battery). However, what do ...
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What's the reason for a battery light coming on and becoming brighter as the engine revs higher?

The vehicle is a 1993 LandRover Discovery 3.5 V8. Today when I hopped in to drive home the battery light came on when I started up, and remained on. It gets brighter as the engine revs and just ...
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'01 Jeep Cherokee - Check Gauges light & low battery gauge

Bought my '01 Cherokee back in March & have had nothing but problems since; I've been slowly fixing them when I have the time/cash. However, this particular issue has me stumped (and it's happened ...
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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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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 PCM,...
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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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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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1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...
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how fast does the alternator charge the battery?

It would appear that the common word of wisdom is that car alternators provide 50A of output. I actually looked at the supposed specs for my 2008 Jetta 2.5L on the internet -- a compact car -- and it ...
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Hyundai Accent Diesel 2002 alternator works on day but not when headlights are on

I have purchased Hyundai Accent diesel 2002 four cylinder from my savings .. its start every morning but not at night when the car's headlights are on. I couldn't start it after one or two attempt . ...
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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. I'...
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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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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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Alternator/Battery power question

Good Afternoon, I have a 2014 Ford Focus SE that i use as my Work Vehicle. I work in Emergency Roadside Assistance. I have to run a laptop In the car in order to direct calls to other employees and ...
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My car Diesel Yaris doesn't start very well after an alternator change?

I have recently changed the alternator after it died in my diesel yaris. I have done about 150 miles with the new alternator however it still doesn't start very well. It now takes 1 long or sometimes ...
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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Why dual motor Tesla has more autonomy?

Maybe the question is more appropriate for Electronics Stack Exchange, I don't know. In the page http://www.teslamotors.com/models if we scroll down we see the several flavors Tesla sells its Model S....
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Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps?

The clamps that are attached to the car battery are corroded, I was told either of these liquids will work. Which one is better? Is there a how to guide on the exact steps I need to take? With my ...
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Would leaving the headlights on for two hours permanently damage the battery?

Today I accidentally left my Hyundai i30's headlights on for two hours. When I tried to start the car the battery was very weak at first and I had no power in acceleration. Then I turned off the car ...
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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 ...
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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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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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2006 Mustang GT: Left car for 1 week, no power when returning

I went on vacation for a week. The car was working fine before I left. I came back and there is no power. Can't turn on headlights or unlock/lock with remote, and the car gives a clicking sound when ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Which car parts require more energy than the starter?

Today, my car didn't start. I think that the crank was turning over because I could hear the loud sound a car makes just before starting up but the car was not starting. Anyways, I called a mechanic. ...
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Will a 12 V cooler box significantly affect the performance/gas mileage of my car?

I have an Apollo brand 12 Volt Cooler/Warmer, designed to plug in to my car's 12 V cigarette lighter. I am wondering if the power this device uses will significantly affect my car's performance or ...
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Battery dash light comes on when starting car then disappears while driving

2002 Honda Civic EX here. When I start my car, my battery dash light has been staying on usually until I get onto the highway, then it will turn off. If I hit a stop sign or red light, then it'll ...
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Cola vs Baking soda vs Water to clean battery, and what should be used afterwards?

This questions is to extent the following question Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps?. I have heard of using both Coke and baking soda to clean battery clamps ...
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Does length of jumper cable matter while jumpstarting a motorcycle from car battery as a booster?

I recently left my Harley Davidson 883 Superlow in ignition on for 8 hours, headlight drained all the battery. This was my first time jumpstart experiment. Had following few questions, happy to be ...
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Are there potential issues with leaving a car without a battery for a few days?

I am sure I read, or was told, that completely removing a battery from a car is bad because it resets things in the car's computer or it dumps some sort of acquired tuning data, or something along ...
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How do I check that my battery receives enough power from generator?

I suspect that my battery does not receive enough power from the generator. How do I verify that? I know that involves a voltmeter, but what are the exact things I'm measuring and how? I have a Skoda ...
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Should i check quantity of battery liquid?

The battery of my Nissan Tiida is similar to the ones in the pictures below. Should I check if there is enough liquid inside? and in case it needs, should I add distilled water?
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My car won't start. Is it that I ran it without coolant or is it my battery?

Sunday I didn't use my car. At 9pm I moved it across the street because the street sweeper was passing on Monday. Monday morning at 8:30am my car doesn't start. I remembered that I haven't checked ...