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As very few cars of that age used gel batteries and yours is most likely a lead / acid battery putting it on its side or upside down will cause acid to leak out. Not a good idea as it corrodes or damages most things. As for the idea of using spanners to make connections between batteries, that is such a poor idea - they can get hot, in fact hot enough to ...


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A car battery's main purpose is to start the engine, once the engine is running the alternator supplies power to the car by keeping the battery charged, therefore it's the battery's ability to start the car that's the important issue, once it's started capacity isn't really a major factor. The 2 most important statistics for batteries are capacity measured ...


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Yes, you can absolutely do this, with or without the battery being in the car. If you think about it, many cables aren't capable of providing enough juice from one car to another. When you attach them, you cannot attempt to start the receiving car right away ... you have to let the donor car run while attached to the receiving car. When you're doing this, ...


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That looks pretty safe. The main issue in some vehicles is that the battery can slide into an accessary pulley and grind a hole in the battery. Your AC and coolant lines are blocking that from happening. I'd recommend using a bungee cord to strap it down. Ideally you should fix the bracket, but a bungee cord, when properly applied, works great. They have ...


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No. If the starter doesn't work, it won't start the car. More power isn't going to change that.


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This suggests that when the clutch pedal is pressed, the clutch is not fully disengaging. Check the linkage (if mechanical), or the hydraulics (if hydraulic). If these systems are operating correctly, then you'll probably have to disassemble things (I don't know how the Alto is designed) and examine the internal clutch pieces and bearings for faults.


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An 8 year old battery is definitely due for replacement and could very well be the issue. A quick and easy way to test the alternator after you have installed the new battery is to use a volt meter. I used to work at Interstate Battery and we would do it after every battery install to make sure the new battery would be getting a proper charge. You simply put ...


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The answer was both. The battery had died and died short, which over time messed up the alternator. I was fine for a while because the alternator only acted up at high heat. Had to replace both the battery, the alternator, and the battery wiring (too badly corroded to get off the old battery.) The moral of the story is to change your battery from time to ...


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No, as long as you are jump starting properly there should be no damage to your car. It's possible that your battery could be drained a bit doing the jump-start, and a low battery could cause starting issues. A way to remedy this would be to drive your car for a bit after doing the jumpstart to make sure the battery is fully charged, or rev the engine for a ...


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Yes, you can use a 100AH battery in place of the 74AH battery as long as it fits in the physical location and the post location is in the same orientation. Most batteries which have more energy store are physically bigger than their weaker brother. This is because to store more energy, you have to have more space (in most cases). Double check to ensure there'...


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narkeleptik (from comments) is exactly right. The (+) side battery cable grounded to the body of the mower. This caused the leads to go into global thermonuclear meltdown. The "fire" you found is the insulation burning because the wires were hot enough to make them burn. You should be able to fix this without too much of a hard time. You need to ...


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