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The act of re-vitalising the plates inside a car's battery (voltaic pile)

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2006 Ford Focus always shows battery light after driving for 5 minutes

I have a 2006 Ford Focus. I got new battery and a new alternator two months ago. But it just started showing the battery light on dashboard few days back. The battery light shows always after about 5 ...
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Intermittent battery light on 2005 Accord

I have a 2005 Accord LX 2.4L w/ 101k miles and a few weeks ago, the battery light came on. The battery was changed last year. After checking everything, I concluded that it was a bad alternator, so I ...
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I have a 2003 Oldsmobile allero. Power not getting from battery to alternator

My car is a 2003 Oldsmobile allero. We have put in a new starter, alternator, pulley tensioner, and gone thru 2 batteries. The power is not getting from battery to alternator. They thought the ...
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Charging a motorcycle battery with no exposed leads

I am trying to charge this battery with this charger: However The connectors are as such: The battery is 6V, 4Ah The charger operates at 6v, 1A Without an obvious way to connect these im a bit ...
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20.2 volts on the B+ terminal of a12v alternator.

The engine on my sailboat has an Iskra 12-volt alternator that has worked fine for over 3,000 hours of operation. Just recently, I noticed that the voltmeter shows no charging, ie, only about 12 ...
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Battery stops getting charged after 15-20 minutes of driving

I've got a 1998 Mitsubishi L200 pickup that has a charging problem. When I start the engine the indicator shows that battery is charging but after driving for 15 or 20 minutes it stops charging. I've ...
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Mixing marine & starting batteries with a switch

I have a truck equipped with some emergency equipment that I'd like to be able to use without running the engine the entire time, and without draining the main starting batteries. There is a 1/2/both/...
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Filled a battery with distilled water and trickle charged for days

The starting voltage was 10.5 volts and when I left it charge at a 2Amp current it took a day to get to 11 volts and another day to get to 11.5 volts and would not go any higher. I took it off charge ...
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2000 Chevrolet S10 dies, won't stay on after jump-start

My Chevrolet S10's battery light kept coming on while I was driving, and today it was driving just fine all day but when night came it died on me. I saw my dash lights began to dim so when I came to ...
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battery light comes on mazda tribute

2001 Mazda tribute v6 with a NEW alternator. Will start from beginning to be clear. Original alternator went out 3 years ago. Was replaced with after market, this worked for 3 years, was replace ...
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Charging issue and cranks but won't start

I have a 2004 Kia Sedona, 3500 engine. I am having 2 issues: I am having charging problem Even trying to jump start it now it wont start, cranks over but won't start I have jump started it a couple ...
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Is my charging system faulty?

I've a Mazda 323 2005 model. Today while at going to work in the morning the car had starting difficulty. Back getting home in the evening the car struggled to start, upon opening the hood I noticed ...
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charging battery with DC power supply

Fairly straightforward question, would I be able to charge my car battery with a DC power supply that outputs 12V 2.5A? I know real car battery chargers put out 12V 10A. Would it just take 5 times ...
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Dead battery not really dead?

2007 Escalade, 6.2L AWD This morning I fired up the car, drove about 4 miles and stopped at a gas station. Filled up the tank, got back in, turned the key and... click. No slow turnover or anything. ...
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charging boat battery

I have a heavy (65 lb) battery for my boat & live upstairs (no elevator) in a condo. I don;t wanna keep bringing it inside to charge it & the only power plug I have outside is where I park my ...
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Keeping a motorcycle battery charged using a nearby car?

I am in a unique situation where I have no access to a 230v wall socket to attach a battery tender. My plan is to use my car which is parked right next to the motorcycle to keep it charged up. In the ...
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24V truck charging circuit problem

I want to diagnose a faulty charging system in a European coach bus ('99 Neoplan). It has 2x 12V batteries in series and also two alternators. With the engine running I measure ~21V across the end ...
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Can an 18V-5W Solar Panel Provide an Equalizing Charge for a Battery?

I recently finished a project in which I installed an additional cigarette lighter port on my car that was always on (the existing one was only on when engine was running), and connected a small solar ...
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My 2005 PT Cruiser battery

My battery died 5 days ago, at which time I purchased a new battery. Today, battery was dead again. Got another jump, and had to go to a meeting. When I left meeting, battery was dead again. Another ...
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Battery charging in enclosed space (garage)

I have a question regarding off-gassing of antique car batteries while charging. If I have my batteries on constant charge with the tops off, would that cause enough sulfur discharge to corrode the ...
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battery in a 2000 jeep grand

I have a battey problem with my 2000 Jeep grand cherkoee can't keep the battery charged I have replaced the after market headlites and also had to replace the heater resistor but am at a lose as to ...
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Cheater Plug for Level 1 EVSE to Level 2 EVSE

I have an EV that, like most, came with a Level 1 EVSE that can charge my car with 12A @ 120V. Now, I'd really like to be able to charge at work without needing to buy another EVSE, but at work, we ...
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Why can't I connect my R/R directly to the battery?

This is in a motorcycle. I'm having issues in the charging system. I tried to rule out some things by connecting the output of the regulator directly to the battery, but the voltage is lower than ...
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Bad ground cause alternator to output low volts?

Lately I've been experiencing an issue regarding my charging system. When I measure voltage at the battery terminals while engine is idling, it's a pretty low 12.5v~ or so, when cooling/HVAC fans come ...
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Why is my car not charging?

My fiat Palio 1.2 2006 model acted up on me in the middle of a freeway. I had just brought a brand new alternator and a battery, because they were giving me a tough time. All was well unit today ...
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Cigarette lighter socket no longer charges phone

I have swapped out the USB cable, the USB adapter, as well as had the socket tested by volt-meter at the mechanic. Everything checks out as normal. The "charging" icon shows up on phone display, but ...
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Will never charging the batteries of a hybrid electric plug-in vehicle damage it?

I am likely to be forced to use a Volvo V60 in its hybrid diesel-electric plug-in version for my daily commutes. This is a hybrid system comprising a 2.4l diesel engine with an added plug-in electric ...
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unique alternator issue

I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler with a stock alternator. I just built a off road teardrop trailer with its own 12v AGM battery and 12v refrigerator --the Jeep battery is an Optima. Using solenoids, I ...
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Got serious earth terminal corrossion

I have a double battery set up (not leisure) as my MPV was built to operate in cold regions - had a little bit of corrosion over time. Last inspection a few months ago I had to replace the earth ...
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Car Battery Flat After Sitting for 9 months - BMW e87

Ive been away for 9 months and returned a few days back. I tried to start my BMW 1 series 2007 118D and it wouldn't start. The car was completely dead as the fob wouldn't do a thing, so I tried to ...
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Mazda Bongo Friendee 2002 charging system or alternator not working after incorrectly jump-starting it

I incorrectly jump-started a 2002 Mazda Bongo Friendee by interchanging the negative and positive terminals and I blew the main fuse, replaced it but now the alternator or the charging system is not ...
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How to diagnose low alternator output

My car (a 1991 Citroen BX 1.4) has been giving me alternator problems since I got it, the alternator failure came on every now and then and dimmed or disappeared when I revved the engine, my first ...
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Motorcycle Lithium Battery - Potential Parasitic Drain

I have a track racing motorcycle with a lithium battery, the battery has gone flat on two separate occasions as a result of standing for a period of time. The first time the bike was standing for ...
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Why can't alternators provide full current at idle?

I was reading about load testing and full fielding alternators in a few different books I've got, and one of the points they all made was that to test an alternator's maximum output (or close to it) ...
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I charged my car battery with no water in it

I have a car battery that I am trying to recharge. It measures 3.28v, and my charger is a Selmar Turbo 8. This is the charger I am using: Here is a picture of the ammeter gauge that I found First ...
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Charging Battery

Is it OK to leave your vehicle running to charge the battery. It was pretty flat but jumped immediately which tells me the battery is not bad. And how long is it safe to keep it running?
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2005 Ford Taurus U Vin Unstable Idle, Charging System Problem?

A Short Story So a friend asked me to look at a 3.0 L Taurus at his shop. The car originally came in for a P0420 code and they put an anti-fouler on the rear o2 sensor. Whatever. During the road ...
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one wire alternator

I have a one wire alternator on 350 Chevy V8 in a 57 Belair. After charging the battery and running the car for about an hour the battery will run down. Changed the alternator but no difference. ...
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Connecting to the Battery During Emissions Testing to Measure RPMs?

When doing emissions testing, they connect to the battery, either directly, or using the cigarette lighter socket. I'm assuming that this is to measure the RPMs, as the only other thing connected ...
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98 jeep wrangler 4- cylinder charging problems

My jeep check engine light came on. My volt meter went to 0.1. I changed the alternator and it worked for about 10 seconds and it went out. I installed another one and it did the same thing!!! What ...
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Can you charge an electric motorcycle at an electric car charging station?

Do electric motorcycles and cars use the same type of chargers? Can we charge a Zero motorcycle at a Tesla supercharger station? How about at an electric car parking?
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Motorcycle won't turn over immediately after a pit stop

Motorcycle: 1980 Honda CB900 Custom. After refilling the battery with distilled water, getting it charged and letting the motorcycle sit for a few days... I then went for a ride yesterday. The ...
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How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?

Like many people who use their car regularly, I like to charge my phone when I'm driving so that it isn't flat with I get to wherever I'm going. I know that some computers have a fast charge port ...
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2001 Jeep Cherokee sport check gauges light

Jeep quit at stop sign and left wife stranded man im in the Dog House. Question: any thoughts off the cuff for me? Last week check guages light came on charging gauge dropped all the way negative ...
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Radio and Charging Outlet Stopped Working

I have a 2000 Honda Accord V6 LX. The radio was working yesterday and the charging outlet was working earlier today, but now neither are. Did some research and I'm assuming it could be a blown fuse. ...
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Charging circuit

I have a motorhome and tow my car behind. Since I have to leave the car in accessory mode so the steering wheel is unlocked, the battery doesn't last a long time. I want to run a DS line from the ...
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Battery light on after new alternator

Car: 2003 Honda Civic Si G1Wh dash cam, 400w amp, 4300k HIDs My alternator failed badly (stereo cutting off), no battery light. Replaced it with a reman Duralast, battery light is on. It shows 14.5v ...
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charge socket on a Fuel Cell car

I was looking into Toyota Mirai and Huyndai Tuscon Fuel Cell cars and thought to myself wouldn't it be great if I can charge a car when there is not enough juice to make it to the nearest hydrogen ...
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Charging a spare car battery with my car

I need to hook up a 1000W inverter inside my van. I can't hook it up directly to my cigarette lighter because the lighter only gives about 100W-120W. I want to pick up a separate deep cycle battery ...
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Can a conventional car be used to charge an electric car?

A friend who drives a Leaf recently came very close to running out of charge, which prompted another friend to ask if it was possible to "jumpstart" a Leaf from another car. Obviously you couldn't do ...