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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:17 pm 
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HI all. I've got a problem with my EBII Fairmont.
I had the alternator replaced about 18 months ago. The (old) battery died 2 months ago so was replaced with a brand new one.
Car was fine, voltmeter showed correct charge while driving........but........when I went to start the car 2 days later, the new battery was flat as!
Has anybody got any idea why the battery flattened itself when everything was turned off.......and no, I didn't leave the lights on so it's not that.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:21 pm 
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no idea here
but what you can do is once the battery is charged
put it back in the car and turn everything off etc, then get a multi meter and see if there is any drain from teh battery

you could have an open circut somewhere
or maybe your alt has died :(
or even the battery could have shat itself

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:29 pm 
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I've had a battery die while I was driving along and stall the car with no restart.. RAC guy said it was an open cell I think.

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:35 pm 
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Thanks for your replies, but the battery is brand new.....and the alternator showed the correct charge when I was driving.
I'm hoping it's gonna be something really simple, but the way things are going it's likely to be something that'll cost an arm and a leg :(
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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:42 pm 
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fnp wrote:
I've had a battery die while I was driving along and stall the car with no restart.. RAC guy said it was an open cell I think.


same thing hapend to me a few years back with a new battery, took it back to the shop and they gave me another new one and never had a problem again. they said it droped a cell and wouldnt hold charge anymore.

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:46 pm 
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millard455 wrote:
fnp wrote:
I've had a battery die while I was driving along and stall the car with no restart.. RAC guy said it was an open cell I think.


same thing hapend to me a few years back with a new battery, took it back to the shop and they gave me another new one and never had a problem again. they said it droped a cell and wouldnt hold charge anymore.


Just scared me a bit when the car died while driving and wouldn't restart, it seemed like a flat battery but I wouldn't have thought the car would stop while running, I would have expected it to just not start next time I tried it lol.

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:55 pm 
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fnp wrote:
millard455 wrote:
fnp wrote:
I've had a battery die while I was driving along and stall the car with no restart.. RAC guy said it was an open cell I think.


same thing hapend to me a few years back with a new battery, took it back to the shop and they gave me another new one and never had a problem again. they said it droped a cell and wouldnt hold charge anymore.


Just scared me a bit when the car died while driving and wouldn't restart, it seemed like a flat battery but I wouldn't have thought the car would stop while running, I would have expected it to just not start next time I tried it lol.


when mine went i didnt even have dash lights, went from driving at 100km to nothing so i had no idea what was going on cos at that stage i didnt think a new battery could just die like that so i was checking every thing but the battery.

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:57 pm 
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best bet would be to charge the battery and go get it tested by a battery place to see if its holding charge

 

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