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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How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle?

My daily commute changed from 9 miles to 9 feet when I started working remotely. That means I very rarely drive my car much. After a particularly hectic month, I didn't drive for about 4 weeks and ...
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Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?

I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables. I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put ...
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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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Pros/cons of higher capacity car battery?

I'm shopping for a new car battery for 1998 Subaru Outback (2.5l). For the physical dimensions the battery has to match, I see some variance in capacity (Ah) rating, and in price too, of course. The ...
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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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How do I test my car battery?

My car still starts fine but when I turn off the car (just the motor . . the key is still in and "on") I noticed the headlights dim to almost off. It's and older car and the headlights don't turn off ...
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Adding a additional battery to car

I have purchased a brand new Toyota Innova. I need to install a a mac mini, 2 laptops and make this car a mobile office. I need to know if I can install another car battery in parallel, and will ...
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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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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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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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Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?

I have a 2000 Chrysler Neon which generally runs well. I have noticed that if I start the vehicle, turn the AC on and reverse out of the driveway, the engine seems to struggle/sounds like it is going ...
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Unknown part fell out of my motorcycle

So I was taking the battery out of my bike (99 Honda Shadow 750 ACE) to ship it this past December, when two parts of the bike I'd never seen fell out from somewhere near the battery case. They sort ...
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How to assess battery charge level and alternator performance?

What diagnostics can be done to to assess battery charge level? I'm interested both in one-off tests like can be done in car service and also continuous monitoring during normal use. Car panels ...
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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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Intermittent starting trouble with new battery

I sometimes have problems starting my 2003 Ford Fiesta Diesel. When I turn the key it'll either start normally or just start to kick over then die. If I try again, the same thing happens. My battery ...
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How should I prevent my battery going flat when I leave my car alone for a month?

I will be leaving my Focus alone for around a month in (scottish) winter weather. Ordinarily I would make sure to take the vehicle out at least once a week to prevent the battery going flat in the ...
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Car Battery Dying Overnight - Disconnected

I have been having trouble starting my car (needed to jump it twice, once in the morning, and once in the afternoon). Sometimes it would make a clicking noise when trying to start or it would be ...
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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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How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?

Summary How do you get to the battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey, given that it is blocked by some type of intake tube**? **Edit: this used to say exhaust but I changed it to intake tube, given ...
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How do I apply dielectric grease to my battery?

I recently had a new battery installed in my 2006 Subaru Forester. The shop did not use any dielectric grease, just connected the leads to the terminal and that's it. What is the preferred method of ...
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How to detect a failing car alternator..?

Is there some way we can predict that the car alternator is about to fail in order to avoid a discharged battery situation on the road.. Although it will slow the sound of horn and will dim the ...
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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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Battery voltage slightly low. Especially when the car's been sitting for a while

My car is a 2004 Mazda 3. This happened with the last battery I had as well as this newer one. Basically if I leave the car sitting for 2-3 days without driving it, it doesn't have the voltage to ...
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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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Alternator vs Battery

I hadn't used my car in a week. Normally it always starts. Then one day after one week it didn't start. I got a jump from my neighbor and i was able to drive around for more than 20 minutes. I stopped ...
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AC blower won't turn on after replacing battery

I have a U.S. 2011 Volkswagen GTI. After the car wouldn't start (starter would crank but engine would not turn on) I decided it's probably time to replace the battery, and did. Car starts fine, but ...
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Battery won't hold a charge. 2001 Ford Mustang

2001 Ford Mustang V6. Bought brand new battery in Nov 2013. I tested the core of the alternator at the same time as buying the battery and it tested good. I also switched out a relay in the engine to ...
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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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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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2004 Ford Escape battery light comes on intermittently - what likely cause(s) are there?

I have a 2004 Ford Escape Limited on which the battery light has been coming on randomly for varying amounts of time while the vehicle is in active operation. I have checked the battery cables and ...
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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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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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Can an engine stop from a bad battery?

The car is a 2005 Toyota Corolla CE. Its engine is the 1ZZ-FE, a 1.8L straight four that runs on gas, not diesel. The alternator is stock, and tests out just fine on the multimeter in both voltage ...
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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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What current is “normal” for constant battery drain (not parasitic)

I'm having some problems with battery going dead sometimes, and I noticed that there are some small sparks after disconnecting the battery for a few seconds and then reconnecting again. It is not big ...
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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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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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Is a bad battery bad for other components too?

I think my battery is on the way out - on cold mornings, it turns the engine over very slowly to start with, and takes a number of turns before the engine finally starts. This has been the case for a ...
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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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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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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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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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How to diagnose a starter motor that does not work

My e46 M3 would not start when I got to the parking garage after work. When I first turned the key, I heard a sound like grinding gears, but I was so startled that I immediately stopped trying to ...
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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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Car Battery won't charge after sitting for a Year

I have a main starter battery and a leisure batter in my van. They have been left unused for around a year with my van off the road. I am now trying to get it up and running however I am unable to ...
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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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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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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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What's an acceptable battery power drop on light load?

After an overnight rest in the warm weather (above 16 degC), unlocking my 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE, my OEM battery with the minimal "welcome" electronics -- remote open of the driver door a few seconds ...