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  # 2241589 20-May-2019 15:39
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k1w1k1d:

 

Why do they keep the car if not being used?

 

 

 

 

Good question.  They didn't want to sell it because they said the car wasn't used much and the large depreciation.  They might not understood that the car if unused is not good for it.  They might had thought a car stored away is like buying an extra microwave for contingency.  In the past I also had to tell them to don't buy an extra smartphone or cellphone (prior to smartphones) because the battery can go bad, phones go out of date and telco's can discontinue the support of 2G etc .. 

 

 

 

Edit.  They also didn't want to sell the car saying it wasn't used much hence thinking that car is in tip top condition.  


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  # 2241677 20-May-2019 16:33
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A mechanic told me that jump starting a car using one of those battery jumper packs might fail if the car has a battery that is dead flat - such as when lights have been left on for an extended period.

 

 

 

 

One time I left the interior light on overnight, was away from home.  I was rushing to unpack the car since it was pouring down with rain.  I borrowed a jump box from the petrol station to no avail ... Those A3 sized things.  Jump start with the AA truck roadside worked.  

 

 

Yep, my experience was the same, it was a car that was used a few times a week at the most & an interior light had been left on.  And I was using a good quality jump pack & it was no go.

 

 

A small correction to my story.   The guy who I was trying to help talked to *his* mechanic & that was what he was told!  Anyway...


 
 
 
 


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  # 2242062 21-May-2019 09:15
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amiga500:

 

amiga500:

 

rayonline:

 

amiga500:

 

A mechanic told me that jump starting a car using one of those battery jumper packs might fail if the car has a battery that is dead flat - such as when lights have been left on for an extended period.

 

 

One time I left the interior light on overnight, was away from home.  I was rushing to unpack the car since it was pouring down with rain.  I borrowed a jump box from the petrol station to no avail ... Those A3 sized things.  Jump start with the AA truck roadside worked.  

 

 

Yep, my experience was the same, it was a car that was used a few times a week at the most & an interior light had been left on.  And I was using a good quality jump pack & it was no go.

 

 

A small correction to my story.   The guy who I was trying to help talked to *his* mechanic & that was what he was told!  Anyway...

 

 

Yep, if they get below a certain voltage then no amount of jump starting will resuscitate them until they get a deep (or whatever the term is) charge to bring them back up to a usable voltage.





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  # 2242441 21-May-2019 15:59
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Leaving a car sitting for this long isn't good for it. Ideally, it would be taken for a decent drive every month or so (long enough to get up to normal operating temperature). Not just for the battery.


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  # 2242464 21-May-2019 16:45
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Batteries can fail in a way that prevents jump starting - no doubt about it.

 

You can't start with the flat battery disconnected and a donor battery connected via jumper leads unless your have exceptionally high quality jumper leads. 99% of retail jumper leads cannot do this - simply not thick enough copper in them. As several people have pointed out, most jumper leads and jumper packs are designed to assist the cars low battery, not replace it.

 

Going forward, prevention is your best bet. As you have unfortunately found out, a new battery costs many hundreds of dollars. A top quality smart charger such as a CTeck would cost ~$150 and when left connected 24/7 would keep the battery alive for up to 5 years, so would be a good investment.

 

Driving it is the 2nd best way to keep the battery topped up. The first best way is the use a mains charger.  Driving isn't technically the best recharge method because it takes at least 8 hours to fully recharge a flat battery - driving for 8 hours is impracticable, but if you have a charger, then charging for 8, 16 or even 24 hours is super easy/zero effort.

 

If you disconnect the battery earth lead (either lead will work, but the earth is the safest to disconnect/reconnect), it will extend the uncharged storage life of the battery out to about 6 months, so while it is an improvement, it isn't the ultimate solution going forward. 


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  # 2242600 21-May-2019 19:31
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If it were me, I would change the plugs, oil and filter, then put in a fresh battery, before trying to start it.







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  # 2243360 22-May-2019 21:35
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I left a new battery in my car. A year later tried to charge the battery and start the car, no such luck as the battery was kaput. Regular charging, as others have stated, would have kept the battery in good condition. Time for you to buy a new battery.


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