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More adventures with my bone shaker #950902
01/18/19 06:03 PM
01/18/19 06:03 PM
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Upstate New York near Albany
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My battery has been good right along, I can't say exactly how old it is, but probably at least 10 years. I had to deliver meals-on-wheels today and it started fine in my garage and after picking up the meals, but after the first stop, I had trouble starting it. Admittedly I left the headlights on, but I was only away from the car less than 5 minutes. I turned off the headlights and didn't turn off the engine for the rest of the delivery route. I had to stop for gas and it started fine after re-fueling. Could the battery be on its way out? If I have to get one that will be another expense on that 17-year-old car. As in previous post, the last month I've put almost $600 into it getting new brakes and tires.

Re: More adventures with my bone shaker [Re: debodun] #950906
01/18/19 07:58 PM
01/18/19 07:58 PM
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Starting batteries aren't great at sustaining a significant load (headlights) for very long. Earlier this fall, my wife killed our car's battery by shutting down the engine, then turning the key back to "run" so the blower would work. The wait is under 5 minutes, but no-start after. Jumped from neighbour's. In cold weather, especially after a short drive (where little charge is recouped), their capacity is particularly poor.

I'd suggest, from a practical standpoint, that if the battery starts the car each day, even on very cold ones, it's "good enough".

If you wanted more thorough assurances, you can have the battery tested at about any garage. They put a load on it and see if it'll deliver current appropriately. I would expect that, at 10 years-ish old, your battery would likely fail this test. 10 years is about all one can hope for. Many struggle to get 5 years.

Were I you (and, in this particular topic, I'm not far off), I'd suggest keeping the battery you have until that morning comes when it DOESN'T manage to start your car (Unless this is unworkable for you, ie. you have noone who you could rely on for a jump). On that day, I'd replace the battery.

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Re: More adventures with my bone shaker [Re: debodun] #950911
01/18/19 09:36 PM
01/18/19 09:36 PM
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One man I bring meals to noticed that I turn off the car when I stop and suggested I heave it idling when I am making a delivery. Well, I never know how "chatty" folks are going be and I hate to waste gas. One time a person talked with me 20 minutes. Today after the "scare" I did leave it idling while making deliveries, and wouldn't you know it - I had 1/4 tank today when starting out. By the time I was done driving the 28 mile route, it was almost empty. I usually have 11 or 12 deliveries on any given day - so that is a lot of stop and go driving, and I average driving the route twice a week. Other than that, the car stays in the garage - I usually run any necessary errands while I have the car out, usually after I make the deliveries.

Last edited by debodun; 01/19/19 04:25 PM.
Re: More adventures with my bone shaker [Re: debodun] #950918
01/18/19 11:15 PM
01/18/19 11:15 PM
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Picking easy numbers, your stopping/starting the car every 2 miles.
I would think that's kinda hard on a 10 yo batt.

17 yo car, begs the question... How good is your charging system?
Alternator replaced? Serpentine belt in good shape?
Any squeaks or howling when the engine is running?
Have a mechanic that you can trust?
Most of these, they'll just tell you to R&R them w/o actually doing any work.
The belt you can check yourself if you can open the hood and have a flashlight.

All else said, ma used to get her car and truck batts at Walmart. Installed.
Do a google. Batts from $75 - $200+

Push comes to shove, buy a cheap batt knowing it might only last a few years.
$75 or so is cheaper than a new/used car and aint to hard to swallow.

HTH...good luck...notnew....


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Re: More adventures with my bone shaker [Re: debodun] #950935
01/19/19 03:27 AM
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Car batteries provide a vehicle’s life force. We rely on them to get our cars started and keep them running, to power helpful onboard accessories and even to charge electronic devices. The average car battery life can be anywhere from three to five years, but the exact time any given battery needs to be changed depends on a number of factors.

(From the NAPA website: knowhow.napaonline.com/average-car-battery-life-time-change/)

Better prices and warranties at warehouse clubs if you have access.

Re: More adventures with my bone shaker [Re: debodun] #950957
01/19/19 06:09 PM
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Upstate New York near Albany
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What to do if your car won't turn over:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuFQlP8Qb8s

Re: More adventures with my bone shaker [Re: debodun] #951003
01/20/19 05:16 PM
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Cold weather is a killer for car batteries and can require twice as many amps to start your car. Living in the north I replace them every 5 years no matter what just to prevent having to deal with a dead battery and all the hassel.


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