Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:17:09 -0400 From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org> Subject: Re: is the battery gone or the aiternator not charging it?
Salutations: Get a 12v charger from your local auto supply and a battery tester (exactly like a antifreeze tester - but for batteries).. I do not think you can actually charge a flat battery properly from the alternator - in fact, I've often wondered between seat heaters, defrosters, music, fog lights, power windows and seats whether or not the system is a little underpowered for a single battery.. I host an excellent 12v paper (PDF) on my site for my motorhome users group which may be of help.. Hit 'links' on the site below and head to 'Fleet Services'.. Right click and save it locally to your drive.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - all the time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump Jive Wail http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/019.RAM Peter Wang wrote: > > i have not been using my car (1986 900i) often for the last month or > so, approximately 2-3 days between short distance drives. a few days > ago my car refused to start with the starting motor turning very > slowly, suggesting low power. i got the car jump started with a > neighbour's car and got on with my journey. however, the car refused > to start again on my return journey a couple of hours later. I thought > that the battery was so flat that i didn't charge the battery > sufficiently (10 min journey). when i got the car jump started, i went > on an extended route home to charge the battery (lasting about 45 > min). i thought that the battery was being charged because the lights > on the panal went off once the engin started running. unfortunately, > the car refused to start again the next morning, and the indicator > lights were very dim when i turn the key. i dont know if batteries > deteriorates so quickly at the end of their life, or is there any > connection between the alternator and the battery that i should look > at? > p.s. i live in manchester and the air temperature was cold but above > freezing.