An automotive battery is a type of rechargeable battery that supplies electric energy to an automobile. Usually this refers to an SLI battery (starting, lighting, ignition) to power the starter motor, the lights, and the ignition system of a vehicle’s engine.

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Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw)

A 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee has gone through 3 batteries in the last 3 months. While they have all been replaced by warranties, it'd be nice to get the problem solved permanently. I've tested the ...
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When Jumping a Battery Why Red FIrst

So, it's fairly popular consensus online that it's red clips to red posts, then black clips to frames, but why red first? One site mentions sparks, but you'll still get a spark when connecting black ...
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Ventilation of batteries

i have two 180 Varta Sealed FLA 12v batteries in my stable block which are charged by a 240kw solar panel on the roof to provide lighting to the stables. The batteries are in the feed room and we ...
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Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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Diagnose and Handling of Frozen Batteries

So, it's been cold in the midwest. Actually it's really never been consistently this cold outside of Duluth and this means when jumping a dead car it's not a bad idea to consider if the battery is ...
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What could cause my Honda Civic to not start? And how can I address the issue?

I need help trouble shooting my honda civic. It will not start. I was driving it earlier today and I went to drive it again when it would not start. I'm glad I was at home when it decided to quit. ...
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Mercedes ML 430 will not start. No click, no electrical lights nothing.

After taking a nap in the parking lot at my job, the driver's seat (power seating) -- the passenger seat did work-- I had laid back could not be readjusted. After work I went home (3am closing shift). ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Would leaving a battery booster with only one terminal connected harm it or the battery?

I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Diamante, and I keep two battery boosters in the car "just in case". My son recently bought a car that had problems starting. He has used both my boosters on his car and ...
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Is it always the side battery cells that need topup?

Adding distilled water to my car battery, I've noticed only the side cells very short of reaching the meniscus. The most positive cell, facing the front of my '08 Jetta 2.5L (which has empty space, ...
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my 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusable link keeps blowing

My 02 Hyundai accent keeps blowing the ignition fusable link. What could cause this? We just recently replaced the alternator and battery and it was fine when I parked it, then for some reason the car ...
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Car with floor-integrated battery pack

IS there any electric car with a floor-integrated battery pack other than the Tesla cars?
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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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Alternator, Battery, or Fluke?

While we were out running errands yesterday, our car failed to start after a half hour stop at one of our destinations. The first attempt to start the car resulted in nothing but a rapid clicking ...
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RPM and duration to recharge a battery?

My car had been sitting for a while without being driven. The battery now has a weak charge but it can get the engine started (barely). I would like to charge the battery by running the engine, but ...
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car not starting after few km

In the morning my car starts in a single quick shot. After traveling for few KMs if I switch off car and try to start it, it does not come up. I can hear a small tick sound every time. Some times I ...
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Chevy Malibu 2009 won't start

I have a 2009 Malibu, yesterday I was heading back from school, then I started hearing a bizare sound like a whining sound, 2 minutes afterwards the engine stopped. When I got off to check under the ...
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Looking for battery for Honda Activa 2010 Model [closed]

I want 2 buy battery for honda activa 2010 model (it is acidic water not dry one) Which brand should I opt for exide, amaron or any other(amco etc)? Can I use dry one instead of acidic water.
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Alternator draining battery

My alternator has been draining my battery in my Datsun 240z since I swapped the engine (VQ35). It takes around 4 days to drain the battery to the point I can't start it. It charges it fine when the ...
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Why has my battery gauge on my '94 Ford Thunderbird stopped working?

Today the battery gauge stopped working and the needle rests just before the 0. The car itself cranks, starts, and sounds like it always has. However, there used to be this intermittent buzzing noise ...
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2000 Jeep Cherokee 2WD battery light comes on

Hello I recently purchased a 2000 jeep cherokee, and I live in syracuse NY so the winters are pretty cold, so when I start it in the morning when its cold out, the serpentine belt and tensioner need ...
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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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Lexus IS200 malfunctions after wrong polarity battery installed

Yesterday I was sold a wrong battery for my Lexus IS200 (switched polarity) and I inadvertently connected it to the car. When I hooked up the wrong battery I noticed immediately that something was ...
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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. ...
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What causes battery terminal corrosion?

I put a new battery in my car about 8 months ago. After a problem starting a couple days ago, I found that there was massive corrosion under the battery terminals, so I cleaned them out and ...
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wont start only rapid clicking 2004 chrysler concorde lxi 3.5L

I have a 2004 Chrysler Concorde LXi 3.5. Couple months ago I was driving pulled over shut car off and went into store..when I can out and tried to start it it just rapid clicks . I let it sit for 20 ...
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hooking up a battery tender to your car for the winter

Do I need to disconnect my battery to use a battery tender for the winter? Is there the possibility of damaging the charging system if I leave the cables connected? Thanks
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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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My Kia soul won't start when rainy or very cold

The dealer can't find anything wrong. Once I clutch start it I don't have the problem anymore. Until it is really rainy or cold a again. The Kia dealer can't find anything wrong. Do you think it ...
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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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Can I safely upgrade to an AGM battery?

AGM batteries are capable of being charged at a faster rate, and may draw additional amperage from the alternator if it is not regulated. Many cars that come with AGM batteries have special charge ...
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Car stalled and restarted after some minutes

I have a very old car which uses mechanical transmission (Maruti Zen) Recently while driving on the road, I switched off the engine because of heavy still traffic. I forgot to turn off the head ...
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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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is my car battery bad?

At 6am this morning the car battery was dead. (It snowed all night and temperature was 3 degrees this morning.) 3 hours later I went to check it out and it started right up so I let it run for 20 ...
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Honda City 2009 : It would not start Start

My honda city 2009 AT would not start. The gauges would light up. The power windows,radio and AC worked. I was able to turn the key but when I try to start it, it will just give a sound like it is ...
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2008 Dodge Avenger with new battery

I put in a new battery and two weeks later the car wouldn't start ...yet with a jump start it turns on. Why on cold nights the next morning the car needs a jump?
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would a sulfated discharged 12V battery charge at 12.5V?

I got a Stanley FATMAX RE-CHAGEiT 8AMP Automatic Battery Charger & Maintainer from Walmart for 29,97 USD, which appears to have three states of charging the battery -- detecting the voltage, rapid ...
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How long after changing a battery will it take for the Engine Check light to come on if there are other issues

My check engine light was on. After my car set over the weekend it wouldn't start. I took the battery down to a shop to be checked and charged. When I picked it up they said I needed to replace it. ...
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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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Fan running the battery dead on a 96 Acura

Alright, my 1996 Acura 2.5TL is running the battery dead by running when not necessary. If it was continuously running after the engine shut off I would say stuck relay but it will both continue after ...
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Batery is above 12 volts but car ignition fades

I've got this car that does not start and seems like a battery problem at first, when you turn the key it doesn't turn on and it sounds like the battery is fading, but when i chek the voltage it show ...
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Nissan Altima Alternator/Battery Problems

I own a 2005 Nissan Altima which has been having alternator/battery problems for past 1 year. My car has 112,000 miles on it. My car battery was past warranty so I had the battery replaced about a ...
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how do i know if my lead-acid battery has been resurrected?

The OEM battery in my 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has been nearly fully discharged one month back (had insufficient surface charge after a prolonged use without the engine running, but leaving it idle for 20 ...
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Why did replacing the battery eliminate these symptoms?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic SI. It was slow to crank when starting up, and while driving, electrical systems progressively got worse (radio would turn off and on, power steering would stop, and then ...
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negative surface charge?

At about 20°C, there has been a situation that the OEM battery in my '08 Jetta was not capable of starting the car at all (virtually no movement of the starter at all), after being used for at ...
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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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Nuts for 2008 VW Jetta SE 2.5L battery terminal bolts: 1/4" or M6?

I want to use an external charger to charge the battery in my US-market 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE with an OEM battery. I need to figure out which nuts to get to fit the existing battery terminal bolt, in ...
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Can I charge a Car Battery with a Motorcycle charger?

Car battery to be charged is a DIN66 which I think is about 65ah. I have a Motorcycle charger which says it can be used on cars; it suits batteries from 4 ah to 40 ah. Does this mean that it can ...