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Old February 3rd, 2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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School me on Batteries.

My WONDERFULL WIFE good grief! has left her lights on when she went into work 2 times in the past 2 weeks.

She just tried to jump it and it wouldn't start so she's chilling with a friend till I get off work to try to get it started.

I've heard that after you drain a battery a couple of times it goes bad and that in the winter your pretty much assured that you'll be buying a new one if you drain it.

So . . . am I going to be purchasing a new battery in about an hour?

Thanks!
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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i would say yes.....
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 07:06 PM   #3
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brake out the hydrometer and check the cells
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 07:52 PM   #4
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brake out the hydrometer and check the cells
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I had mine load tested at Autozone and it passed. Then I had it tested with the hydrometer and found that I had a bad cell.

Mine went bad from a bad electrical connection that drained it a bunch of times.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 08:04 PM   #5
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pony up, especially if it is over 5 years old.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 09:04 PM   #6
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School me on Batteries.

My WONDERFULL WIFE good grief! has left her lights on when she went into work 2 times in the past 2 weeks.

She just tried to jump it and it wouldn't start so she's chilling with a friend till I get off work to try to get it started.

I've heard that after you drain a battery a couple of times it goes bad and that in the winter your pretty much assured that you'll be buying a new one if you drain it.

So . . . am I going to be purchasing a new battery in about an hour?

Thanks!
Draining a battery harms it when a) the internal chemistry goes bad (read: check with hydrometer) and b) when you charge it at a fast rate - this goes for anytime you charge a battery for the most part (dependent upon type): slower is better. If you charge at a high current rate (fast charge) you run the risk of overheating the internal plates which can cause the cell to go bad......


I'd suggest getting the battery load tested. If it fails, attempt to charge it for a few hours at like a 6-10 amp charge rate. Retest, and if it fails again it's bad.....I suggest doing this a) because it's the right way to check a battery and b) if you do have a bad battery, you can fry your alternator costing you even more $$
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Well I just bought an optima.
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Well I just bought an optima.
to be safe, I'd have the alternator output tested....BUT, if you have someone do this (think autozone does it on the vehicle for free), make sure that if they want to load test the battery, they DO NOT use a carbon pile type loading device - they'll ruin glass mat type batteries (Optima's).....
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Be glad she's not running a diesel.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #10
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Be glad she's not running a diesel.
I replaced those TWO batts earlier this year
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Well I just bought an optima.
my yellow top optima just died on me a few days ago and I've only had it for two years
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my yellow top optima just died on me a few days ago and I've only had it for two years
Take it back.
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