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Depending on what you mean by "periodic", a 10 mile drive should be enough to recharge a battery if done, for instance, on a weekly basis. There is more to worry about than just the battery, though. Whenever you run your vehicle, you need to completely warm up the car (through driving). This allows for the conditioning of seals, allows gaskests not to dry ...


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Modern vehicles have 'smart' alternators and your vehicle is MY2013 and should not be too troubled by your indicated use. For your peace of mind have you considered a solar panel plugged into your cigarette/power outlet socket? These are widely available from auto accessory shops and are quite inexpensive.


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First try this: Park the car and disconnect the battery. Wait (and sleep). Next morning: Reconnect the battery. If it is dead then you got a problem with the battery. If not you have something which drains it overnight. Which leads to the next step: Finding out which part causes the drain. To do this either disconnect some of the fuses during the ...


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Depends on make and model. Some cars come with cigarette/accessory power outlets that are keyed, some come with outlets that are always on, and some have both. Keyed outlets switch on and off with the ignition switch position. That switch powers a relay that turns on power for most accessories. An always on outlet is a straight (fused) connection to the ...


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First thing is to check the Battery, see my post here. Provided your battery is good, the following will let you know about the alternator. Start the vehicle and let it idle. The voltage should be about 2 volts above open circuit voltage. You can also do a loaded voltage output test. Turn on the high beam headlamps, AC on high, rear defogger etc. Bring ...


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If you'd like to see if your alternator is working, first you need to know what your battery is reading with the engine off. Put your multi-meter on vdc reading and test your battery. It should be about 12.6vdc if in good shape. Next start your engine. Your reading at the battery should be somewhere around 13.1-13.6vdc. It may even be a bit higher than that ...


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To give a good answer, you need to clarify how often these "occasional" 10 minute trips will be, and how cold the weather is going to be. But unless you're thinking of something like 2-3 weeks or more between trips, or extreme climates, I suspect you're okay. This is based on personal experience with my (much older) Civic with a non-new battery and similar ...


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You don't really need a kit for anything other than convenience. All you need is a pair of jumper cables, which you can make or purchase, and you've got your jump starter right there. I would also purchase a trickle charger to keep my jumping battery charged when not in use. If you really want to get fancy you can make a cart or a box for it, for easy ...


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As discussed in the comments already, the clicking you hear is probably the starter solenoid. You have ruled out a weak battery being the probable cause by attempting to the jump-start the engine. This means either the power cable running directly from the battery to the starter motor is too resistive/poorly connected, or that the starter motor itself is no ...


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Since your battery is six years old, you just need to replace it. This is a longer life than most would expect from a battery. There are some off the wall ways in which you could salvage the battery, but your best/easiest bet is just replacement. Adding water or acid is not going to salvage it, so put it out to pasture and buy a new one.


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Judging by the photo and your description it looks like a normal serviceable battery. It should have marks somewhere on it to indicate the full level. If not just top it up until all of the plates are covered. If you take it out of the car you may be able to carefully tip or angle the battery so that you can see the plates and/or the acid level. If it's ...


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Ozone is used only as a purifying agent. Ozone decomposes irreversibly in water to form O2 (2 O3 -> 3 O2). That is, when you buy the water, any ozone that was in the water is long gone and therefore you don't need to worry about it. Distilled and de-ionized water are NOT the same thing. Distilled is boiled and then the steam condensed (as described in ...


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The water you are describing should be just fine. Ozone is just oxygen with three molecules (O3) rather than two (O2). It is a gas and will dissipate from the battery rather quickly. It is put into the water to help keep it fresh. What you need is the distilled part of the water, which means it's just water without impurities of metal or such which would ...



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