On Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:59:23 -0600, PALMER firstname.lastname@example.org (c palmer)
I HAVE had an intermittent internal battery link - 2 in fact over 48
years. The first one blew the old rubber-case battery to bits. The
last one left me sitting with a "dead" battery - I took it out and put
it on the battery tester and it tested perfect. Put it back in the
van, with all the cable connections checked, cleaned, and tested - and
it worked - untill it died again the next day. Left it in the van and
tested it again and it tested absolutely stone dead. Battery was open
Thanks. All good points to remember. I can't remember the last time I
washed a car but under the hood is watched and maintained. The ground
cable is near new. Some time ago I peeled back the insulation on the
positive about an inch and soaked the cable end in baking soda and
water. Still looks good. The battery did a repeat performance today
and this time I just slapped the side of the battery and it came back to
life. Looks like repairman 54 nailed it. Between the two Walmart
batteries I got about 4 years so..., for what I paid I can't bitch.
All these couch potato mechanics. The batteries are not what they used
to be. Manufacturers put newspaper between the plates now. The batteries
are junk to begin with. Peel back the insulation? I keep a 2 liter
bottle of coke in the garage, once a month I pour some on the battery
terminals. I have been doing this for 50 years, I NEVER have a problem
with my battery..
Works good to remove road tar from your windshield :-) My dad always had a large
bottle of it whenever we went on long
Also worked great on (real) chrome bumpers (the steel ones, not this el cheapo
Soda is not an alkali - it's carbonated water -- an acid like phosphoric acid. I put baking soda on the battery terminals. It's chemical name is sodium bicarbonate, a buffer that neutralizes both acids and bases.
I put baking soda on the battery terminals. It's chemical name is sodium
bicarbonate, a buffer that neutralizes both acids and bases.
I pour Coca Cola on my battery, let it sit for about 15 minutes then
hose it off. I never have any corrosion (green crap) on my battery.
Never have any problems with my battery.....
You use baking soda, and you have problems.....
When my 92 Explorer was new and up thru maybe the first couple years
it did exactly the sort of thing you are describing. I was never able
to figure out the cause. It did exactly the same thing while I was
parking at a store as yours did. When it would go dead like that it
only lasted for anywhere from maybe 10 seconds to a minute or two at
most. I can only assume it was the battery since it more or less went
away after the original battery had been replaced but it didn't happen
often enough to specifically see it stop right at the time the battery
First thought: Battery cable connections. You can buy one of those
cheap tools that burnish the terminals and wire brush the inside of the
connectors and they work just fine.
Take them off, use the tool, clamp them down (don't overdo it) and see
if that helps.
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