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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:21 pm 
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Start the car then disconnect the nigative side of the battery. See if it runs off the alternator. could be the altanator not giving out enough volts to charge the battery and on short runs it is killing the battery. If it runs of the altanator for a few minutes then all good, may be a cell in the battery dieing.


Dont do this! unless you want to cause a voltage spike and blow every electrical device in your car. Best bet is to take it to a mechanic or a battery shop and get them to do a voltage test while its running and a load test on the battery. that should indicate any faults ya have
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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:24 pm 
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What you means thiers a switch to turn the dome light off manually? Hmm ive never noticed ne swtich...... Ive had the car for 13 months now and i have never noticed a seperate switch for the dome lights? Hmm :roll:

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Best bet is to take it to a mechanic or a battery shop and get them to do a voltage test while its running and a load test on the battery. that should indicate any faults ya have


Yeah thats the next step. :)

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:41 pm 
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ScottFiske wrote:
Start the car then disconnect the nigative side of the battery. See if it runs off the alternator. could be the altanator not giving out enough volts to charge the battery and on short runs it is killing the battery. If it runs of the altanator for a few minutes then all good, may be a cell in the battery dieing.


Ahhh thats probably not a good idea. :shock: Check the pic below section 4.

Might fry your alternator and if that happens I shudder to think what might happen to the electronics in the car????

Just a word of warning.. :)

 

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:23 pm 
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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:05 am 
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Oh okay that thing.. yeah naa i knew about it lol... You mean the dimmer control swtich :)

Also it just occured to me Blackjack

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Are you making your own distilled water???
Damn, you either really lazy or incredibly cheap.. hehehe j/k


No this makes me a smartie!! Ha ha why buy it at the shop for like $5 for 10L of it when i can get any amount of it for free lol :)

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:18 am 
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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:25 pm 
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My XR had the globe in the boot stay on (all the time) and made the battery die.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:43 pm 
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Andrew - you say the lead plates in the battery are exposed? It's f**k mate. Once it's at this point, the lead plates are reacting to the point where the reaction wont reverse, as it does in normal battery operation.

But... when topping up, under the cap you will see there is a plastic 'collar' inside the hole which the cap covers. There is small 'gaps' in this collar... the miniscus of the water should be roughly level with the tops of these.

I wouldnt place a great deal of faith in the battery after this. Seriously - head to sprints, 100 bucks for a 520CCA. Lol, as my mechanic always tells me - "Dont stuff around"

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:54 pm 
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Aww but its been going fine since ive topped it up :) I mean if i absolutely have to then yeah i will go buy that 520cca battery from sprints, but since ive topped it up with water its been fine... Infact its starts straight away now... even on a cold bloody night or day, it fires up straight away.. :)

BUT i will keep a close eye on everything, as we all have learned by now that im a hypocondriact (spelling) when it comes to my car lol. :roll:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:35 pm 
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I've gone through heaps of batterys (and cars) in my 20 odd yrs on the road so an easy way I tell if the battery is on the way out is to pop her on the front lawn crank up the stereo a bit and give her a wash, by the time I'm finished shamying her down if she starts the batt's fine if not then it's not taking as much charge as it should and its time to chuck it before it lets me down at the worst possible time.. :lol:
If I get 4yrs out of one i'm doing well but I generally change them out every 3 or so. $100 isn't much to pay every few yrs for peace of mind that at least she's gonna crank over...

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:55 pm 
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Yeah thats true, it would be piece of mind.. :) Hmm mabe i should go buy a new one then.. :roll:

 

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