take your car to autozone and have them run a free check on the car to
see if the alternator is bad.. probably the problem...... but go there
and check it out... and getting rid of the 4 1/2 yr. battery was a good
idea also, it only had a few months left if that long....
=========================That is very true, and probably the case here. The prudent thing to do is
charge the battery and then check the battery and alternator. But the
battery has already been replaced (it was very old so no big deal) so I
guess it doesnt matter anymore.....................:)
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And some guys are perfectly happy driving around on tires with the steel
belts sticking out, or driving around with the gas gauge well to the left of
Empty. A smart person replaces a battery before he hears that click, click,
click of a battery that is completely shot at the most inopportune time.
Having a tow truck come out and give you a jump will run about $40, it makes
much more sense just to spend the $50 for a new battery. Then again.... it's
not really a safety issue and you will be the one walking when it dies....
why not see if you can make it 10 years on that battery? Keep us posted.
Try this little exercise, park on top of the biggest hill you can find and
shut the car off but leave the headlights on 'till the battery is good and
dead. Let it roll down the hill and pop the clutch to start it. Get back to
me after that and let me know how it went.
With today's battery chemistry, and a Good charging system, a properly
maintained battery should last 76 months quite easily. The problem is, most
vehicles charging system are not optimized for the battery, and, batteries
are not maintained. properly because of mislabeling. What is commonly
labeled as .. "Maintenance Free.." should not be so labeled. As a result the
batteries are not checked for possible loss of electrolyte. Once the plates
become exposed, it is only a matter of time before the cell containing those
plates die. When that happens, your charging system will try in vain to
charge the battery, and will end up killing itself.
A word to the wise: Unless your battery is sealed, like a redtop optima,
you should periodically pop those vent caps and check the electrolyte level.
If any cell level is low, refill it with distilled water.
PS: Scientific Definition for a Maintenance Free Battery: A Battery that
can be installed in Any Position. Yes, even upside down.
That is what I got from the Battery Council International. Any questions..?
Go ask those guys...!
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