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Almost any amount of load you put on the battery is going to drop the voltage. How much depends on the capacity of the battery as well as the health. It would appear that 12.32V would put the battery into the 60% charge according to most of the State of Charge charts. State of charge charts are referring to open circuit voltage (without any load on the ...


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Here's some quick art work to help you figure things out: The red circled area is where the negative terminal is at. Specifically the green arrow is pointing at it. You should be able to loosen the nut at the red arrow to gain access to the post to get the clamp off of it. As for what you can touch and what you cannot, this really isn't a problem, as ...


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It very well could be the battery has what is called a surface charge. The battery will have enough power to start the vehicle, but if too much of a load is put onto it, the voltage will drop and not be enough to run the vehicle with or with out a good alternator. The battery will basically be sucking the alternator dry. When this happens, the wipers will ...


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If the vehicle is at rest, the voltage will be at peak when the vehicle is turned off. It will never get higher than that without being charged. My point is, the way you have this worded, the device you are trying to turn on will never turn on because it will never reach the given voltage. Either that, or it will turn on when you shut the car off because it ...


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Let's start with the most likely culprit which is the battery. The other components you mentioned could be an issue, but it's less likely given what you've told me. There are several things you should do: Check the age of your battery. There should be little stickers on the top or side, usually round with numbers in them. One set of numbers will be the ...


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The part of starting a car that takes the most energy is overcoming the compression inside the cylinders. When the engine is running, the fuel/air mix in each cylinder is compressed by the firing stroke of another cylinder, but when starting, the starter motor has to do it all. If you think that the engine was turning over, but it was not starting, it is ...


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When a starter is energized and cranking the engine, it will pull more power than any other electrically operated part on the vehicle. You say you think the car was cranking over ... I'd submit that maybe what you thought you heard was not what was actually happening.


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It sounds like you have a relatively high (high for a sitting vehicle) drain on the batter. One which, if the vehicle was driven every day, would not affect it, but since it is not being driven that often is enough to kill the battery. The easiest thing to do is to put a battery tender on it such as this one from Beltran. There are many different brands out ...


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In a word: Battery You can check all of the things which maplemale suggests and that's not a bad idea. From your description, though, it points right to the battery being the issue. From your description of how the "lights were bright and no warning lights", this points directly to the battery to me. Pull the thing and take it down to AutoZone, Advance ...


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tl dr - It sounds as though you have either a bad alternator, a bad battery, or both. It could be the alternator which went bad and then allowed the vehicle to drain the battery. This seems most likely. You can check this if you have the engine running by putting the multimeter on the battery for a period of time and check the voltage. If it continues to ...



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