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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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I doubt that putting an alternator on this car will fix the problem. It sounds more like a parasitic draw causing this issue. You may have to take your car to a specialty electrical shop, where they deal with these things all the time. There are ways to detect a draw that is just big enough to slowly draw power from the battery, and since you drive very ...


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1) Can I shift it into neutral and push it out of the garage? You have a couple of choices to move the Prius out of the garage. You cannot shift it into neutral without the 12v battery. What you can do, however is jump the vehicle from the front end. Here is a picture I acquired from this website which shows where to put your jumper lead at (the pinkie ...


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it could be the alternator. it could not be charging the battery because it could be seize up or the belt on the alternator could not be rotating the alternator to charge the battery. it might even be a bad battery. it could be alot of things. it could even be an electrical problem where something is shorting out and draining the battery. we would need more ...


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The question really is what the voltage was just before the jump start. A jump start is nothing more than get the engine running from another battery. If the engine runs again, the alternator/dynamo will charge the partly depleted battery again. Nobody can tell how long you need to drive to get the battery fully loaded again, as this depends on the state of ...


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To answer your other question, why do some lead acid batteries provide higher current than others? It has to do with the manufacturing process. High current lead acid batteries are built with thinner, higher surface area lead plates, while the higher capacity deep cycle batteries use thicker plates. They both are 12 volts but provide different services.


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The new battery will not be drained over 5-8 days time period. If it does, you have much bigger issues to worry about. Change the battery now and be done with it. This will also ensure the body shop won't have any issues while they are working on your car as well. The worst things about batteries is they tend to die when you least expect it and at the worst ...


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The problem is with the connection. You have either not tightened the strap enough, there is something there keeping the electricity from flowing (corrosion), or both. Take both straps off of the battery and ensure they are completely clean. You can do this by using a small brush and water to clean the crud off. Replace the straps on the battery (assuming ...


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The electrolyte in a common lead-acid car battery is dilute sulfuric acid H2SO4 which does not contain lead. Spilled electrolyte is corrosive and hazardous. You do not want to inhale the fumes and I recommend swabbing the spilled area with household ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), either of which will neutralize the acid. For your next ...


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It is highly likely that the "battery water" is a strong lead-containing acid that you do not want to be handling without appropriate personal protective equipment. This will also explain why it is not evaporating easily. The advisable thing to do is have it professionally disposed of, because lead and lead ions are toxic. In the absence of such a service, ...


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Does air come out of the dash outlets when the A/C is off and the fresh air/vent is turned on? If yes, then the problem is unique to the A/C pathway/controls, and air must not be moving through it. There may be an obstruction in the A/C plenum or air ducts, perhaps a stuck valve. But if no, and neither fresh air nor A/C air is moving, then I suspect your ...


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It could be that the switch has failed. I don't see a real reason for it doing it during a battery change, though (doesn't make sense, but sometimes you have to look at what seems right). I doubt it is the resistor pack, either. Not because you inspected it, but because of how the resistor pack works. A resistor pack works by having resistors which lower the ...


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I would try to charge it first. After charging recheck the specific gravity. If the test is acceptable have the battery load tested. Most auto parts suppliers will do it for free. The load test simulates the battery starting the engine. You can have a battery that will read good with a hydrometer and still fail the load test.


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I have the same problem. I put my amp meter in between the positive lead and the positive terminal of the battery. It should draw 1/4 amp at rest. If it doesn't leave the amp meter inline as is and start pulling fuses. My case was two fold , the power amp to the radio which is located under the rear seat. That dropped it down 8 amps or so. Still too high. ...


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I'd definitely suggest your alternator is bad. As was suggested in the comments, you can check the alternator itself at the battery. What you'd be looking for in this case is what the voltage is doing. Put the multimeter leads on the battery while it's running to check the voltage. If the alternator is bad, you'll see the voltage slowly tick down. If this ...


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There are two things I'd look at as the problem. First and most likely is the solenoid on the starter is almost shot. The solenoid has a large copper washer which is pressed into the two posts (one from the battery connection and the other going to the starter motor). When this wears out, you'll get a clicking sound (almost a dead thud) as the Bendix is ...



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