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Keeping car battery charged over winter

Is a trickle charger the same as a 2 amp charger? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell on Sep 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I jump start my car immediately? Or can I leave it till tomorrow?

Just went out to the family car to find it has a flat battery. Such a lovely day outside, I really don't feel like jump starting it, and I don't need it today. However, I was speaking to my father (who's overseas, I'm house sitting) and he'd prefer I do it today as car batteries shouldn't be left in an uncharged state as doing so does damage. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by tomargue on Aug 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Very basic car battery question

The internet says positive should be reconnected first, but that's not as easy as it should be. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Jul 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me not get swindled by car mechanics

New (6 month old) car battery has died twice in the past month. From the pattern it's been showing, can you help me figure out what the issue might be, and help me avoid getting swindled in my attempt to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Mar 1, 2014 - 20 answers

Ford Fusion Cigarette Lighter: Re-wire to Turn On and Off with Ignition?

I have a 2010 Ford Fusion and a lot of electrical gadgets which plug into the cigarette lighter. The car I previously drove (for over ten years) had a cigarette lighter which turned itself on and off with the ignition. The Fusion, however, leaves the lighter socket on all the time. Because of this, I sometimes forget to unplug things from the cigarette lighter and end up with a dead battery after a day or two with the car parked. Is there some relatively-easy way for me (or a mechanic) to re-wire the cigarette lighter so that it powers itself on and off with the ignition? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

New battery, no power?

Please help me think through this car battery problem. I have a new battery, but no car power. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by griseus on Jan 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Help assuage my concerns about my little old car!

Please help me determine what happened to my car recently - was it the battery, the alternator, or something else? [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Nov 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Car Battery Conundrum

I have a brand new car battery. My car has some issue that is (still) draining the battery, after I already had a mechanic look at and fix what was supposedly the issue. What can I do so that my battery doesn't go dead and get ruined over the winter while the car is idle? [more inside]
posted by furious on Oct 5, 2012 - 17 answers

How often do I really need to drive my car?

How often do I really need to drive my car? (goal: keeping the battery charged, engine happy, etc.) [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Sep 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Is the dealership scamming me?

Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Jul 14, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me determine if this car battery is indeed the guilty party

Is it sufficient for two occurrences of "Oops I Left The Headlights On" to completely kill an automobile battery's ability to maintain a charge? [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case on Jul 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Can't jumpstart my car!

Why can't I jump start my 2004 Ford Focus? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Jan 16, 2012 - 20 answers

Grounding the negative clamp when jump-starting your car

Question about jump-starting a car: why did my neighbor absolutely insist I ground the negative clamp... to the battery? That seems unwise. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Dec 29, 2011 - 27 answers

Alternator or battery?

Battery or Alternator? Clues inside. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me diagnose my 1979 Ford Pickup.

I have a 1979 Ford F100, which once belonged to my father. Since he passed away, it's served as a backup vehicle for an array of relatives, and now it's my turn. Yesterday, I got into the truck and turned the key, and I heard a single "clunk" (not a click-click-click), as if something started moving and then froze up. I tried again, with the same result. The next time, I got a kind of whirring sound, like something spinning free. It's a continuous whirring, rather than a series of attempts to catch. Lights and radio work fine. Jumping it didn't help. I didn't try to roll it off, because I'm loathe to leave it at the bottom of the hill in my slighty sketchy neighborhood; I'll probably try that this weekend, when I can get some help. The battery is relatively new. It started easily up until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by steambadger on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

2005 Toyota Corolla stalled on highway; battery cables; recall

Asking for a friend: "I've got a 2005 Corolla. That year/make is one of those selectively affected by the Toyota recall re: random stalling. I never received a notice that my car was affected, but I did buy (and transfer the title) fairly recently. Anyway, my car stalled--basically on the highway at rush hour..." [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 29, 2010 - 10 answers

What is up with my car?

What's wrong with my car, and what's my best option for fixing it? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jul 25, 2010 - 15 answers

What happened to my car battery?

Yesterday my car started fine, but today the engine wouldn't crank even once. What caused my car battery to fail so suddenly and without warning? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on May 26, 2010 - 18 answers

A few volts here, a few amps there, and before you know it there might be nothing left!

Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on May 20, 2010 - 22 answers

Need a really big laptop battery!

How can I get a really really big rechargable "laptop battery"? Thinking 12-24 hours worth of charge on a laptop that can drain a high-cap battery in 1 - 1.5 hours. [more inside]
posted by weasel on Feb 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Info about used hybrid cars and their hybrid-battery life

Used hybrid cars and their batteries. I want to buy a used hybrid in the US, looking at '04-'07 Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic Hybrids. Looking for your experiences with these cars, things to look out for, driving in winter conditions, and especially any solid info about the service life (yrs/mileage) of the hybrid battery. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 22, 2010 - 19 answers

My other car is the millennium falcon

(Probably) really basic car question: my car is taking longer to start than it used to. Battery problem or something else? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Jan 5, 2010 - 22 answers

Does anyone know what's up with my car battery?

Does anyone know what's up with my car battery? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jan 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Can I clamp two jumper cables together to jump a car?

Dead car battery, cable isn't long enough to reach - but I have another cable. Can I combine the two? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Dec 30, 2009 - 24 answers

drain on Ford F150's new battery?

Help us diagnose our Ford F150: what could be draining down the (new) battery overnight? We're suddenly seeing apparent battery drainage in our pickup truck, a 1994 Ford F150. Though the truck starts up fine, the dashboard battery gauge reads low immediately upon ignition, the windshield wipers are sluggish, and the dashboard lights are dim. We thought the old battery was likely dying, so we had it replaced with a new battery... but that hasn't solved the problem. [more inside]
posted by Elsa on Dec 19, 2009 - 28 answers

Mazda3 won't start, don't think it's the battery. What could be wrong?

My 2004 Mazda3 hatchback with about 20,000 miles on it won't start. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Nov 1, 2009 - 14 answers

How many amps do I need to start my car?

Please educate me on car battery technology. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Oct 2, 2009 - 14 answers

What went wrong when I tried to replace my car battery?

I just changed my car's old dead battery with a new, just purchased one following the directions here. Even though I clamped the connectors down hard enough that I can't move either of them, the car seems to be completely dead --- it doesn't appear to be getting any power whatsoever. Any ideas what could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on Aug 19, 2009 - 23 answers

Charge a really dead battery, even if it damages the battery.

How can I recharge my nearly-completely-drained car battery so that it will work long enough to drive it to get crushed? I'm hoping to avoid buying a brand new battery just to have it crushed. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 8, 2009 - 30 answers

Cheapest way for me to diagnose car troubles.

Engine is turning over slowly and I think it might be the battery. Affordable way to check this myself or just take it into the garage? [more inside]
posted by scarello on May 29, 2009 - 31 answers

Selling a dead battery car: Dealership or Craigslist?

Car with a dead battery (sorta). I want to sell it immediately. Will I be better off selling it to a used car dealer or on Craigslist? If the former, can anyone recommend a dealer in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

It's Alive!!!!

I have sulfuric acid, de-ionized water, and basic lab equipment. Can I revive my crappy car battery? [more inside]
posted by scose on Feb 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Car battery woes

My relatively new car battery (~1 yo) seems to be giving me some troubles. Is this a sign of a weak battery or something more serious? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Nov 19, 2008 - 10 answers

How accurate is this dashboard light?

The "battery not charging" light on my dash went on; the mechanic told me I need a new alternator. Now the "battery not charging" light has turned itself off again. Does this mean my battery is, in fact, charging? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 26, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I prevent my car battery from being stolen?

I live in a busy downtown area with street cleaning every other night. As such, I am required to move the car each night, and sometimes end up parking it on a street that is notorious for car theft/etc. Lately, somebody has been somehow popping my hood, wrenching off the battery cover, and stealing my car battery. [more inside]
posted by prior on Sep 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Battery problems: my fault or the car's?

Dead battery--is there a problem with my car? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Sep 13, 2008 - 12 answers

Why won't my car start?

Why won't my car start? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Aug 20, 2008 - 25 answers

Don't make me call CarTalk.

Help with my friend's car trouble... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Mar 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Car Wont Start

My Car wont start, It just clicks when i try and eventually stops doing anything! [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jan 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Car electrical problems.

Can I diagnose my electrical problems with a small multi-meter? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 answers

start my engine, metafilter

I don't really use my car much in the winter but I park it outdoors. How do I maximize its chances of survival? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 answers

NYC car battery replacement?

I have a 1995 Ford Thunderbird in NYC/upper Manhattan. I suspect my battery is dead. Where can I get it replaced? [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on Oct 24, 2007 - 5 answers

What is wrong with the MIGHTY MERCURY?

What is going on with my 1998 Mercury Sable? [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

how far can i drive on my dying battery?

After jump-starting a dead car battery, how far can I expect to be able to drive it? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow on Aug 29, 2007 - 24 answers

What's the damage?

A friend and I were charging the battery of a 2001 Honda Odyssey. He attached the cables to the wrong terminals of the dead battery. How much damage might we have done? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Jun 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Broke down in Berkeley.

My car won't start. [more inside]
posted by sophist on May 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Vicious circle

My car dies periodically and the shop tinkers with it (starter, alternator, battery, etc.) but my mechanic has opined that part of the problem may be that I don't drive it enough. Does anyone have any experience with trickle chargers? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 7, 2007 - 31 answers

Should I buy a solar trickle charger?

Car battery solar trickle charger -- fact or fiction? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Feb 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Help with car battery

Help with my car battery. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie on Aug 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Do car clickers have batteries?

Do car remote entry clickers have batteries, or are they passively activated by a field generated by the car? [more inside]
posted by qslack on Dec 10, 2005 - 11 answers

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