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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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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Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?

Most of the advice I've seen for jump starting cars instructs to connect the black wire to a bare piece of metal on the car with the dead battery. However, I've always just hooked up both poles to the ...
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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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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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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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Battery light comes on after starting the car. How big of a problem is this?

On my way to work this morning, the battery light came on. I would say it was about 2-3 minutes after I started the car. My drive to work is only a 10 minutes drive, and the light was on the whole ...
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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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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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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?

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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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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Can the Chinese EV BYD E6 charge at Tesla charging station?

I am just wondering, are there any customers of this exotic brand, especially in the US? And btw can any other EV (e.g. Nissan Leaf, Toyota RAV4 EV) charge at Tesla's fast charging stations?
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2003 Ford Escape won't start

I have a 2003 Ford Escape that won't start. I just paid for a mechanic to put in an alternator. 2 weeks later my car is not starting. What else could it be? My battery was new last year.
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How do I know when a car battery was produced?

I have a hard time finding when my car battery was produced - can't find any defintive information. The battery is Bosch Silver with the following data printed: 5EN in huge letters and two rows of ...
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Are there any modern diesel engines the 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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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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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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battery is not working

I have a Honda civic 2006 automatic. Whenever I come after driving and park the car, the battery will automatically be empty in some time. I can not start the car until I get the battery charged from ...
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Honda civic 2003 dead battery from cold

My Honda Civic died after the temperature dropped lower than -30°C, and will only start now when I boost it. The previous owner told me about this, and he said he replaced the battery. But now, it's ...
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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 it possible to harm your car by giving someone a boost?

This post explains why it's a potential hazard to clip to the negative post on the dead battery when giving a boost. But I've also been told that I could damage the electronics in my own car if I give ...
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Issues ensuring battery stays charged

('06 Acura TL) Have jumped my car a number of times now. With each jump the car has been hooked up to the other car for about the same amount of time. It seems that there seems to be a direct ...
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Sudden battery drain in brand new Accord

The other day we stopped for lunch for about an hour on a long trip in a 2012 Honda Accord EX-L 4 cylinder. When we came back the battery had drained so much the car had to be jump started. The ...
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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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What could be causing engine to stall?

I have a 97 Nissan Sentra we have check the alternator and replaced the fuel filter and pump but I can be going down the road and it just stalls what could be causing this? Any suggestion is ...
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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 ...
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How do I know if my car battery is dead?

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the ...
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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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air condition car while motor not running

Is there a way to air condition my 2005 toyota car without running the car? I would like to travel in my car but because of health issues i would need to be able to sleep in my car also, or at least ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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1987 GMC pickup - will not crank

I have a 87 GMC pickup. It was running fine yesterday. Went to get in it this morning and nothing. The cab light came on at first, but now nothing. When I hook jumper cables to it I get a spark from ...
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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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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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Does a brake controller need direct battery connection, or would a switched source work?

I'm installing a break controller & 7-pin receptacle for towing. The wiring diagram I am following (below) shows the 7-pin and brake controller wired directly to the battery. I want to know if I ...
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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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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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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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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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Riding mower won't start with new battery

I bought an old riding lawn mower (B&S 12HP). To start it, I had to jump it from a car. The battery also looked old, so I replaced it with a new one. When I tried to start it with the new ...