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cowboyro
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join:2000-10-11
Shelton, CT
reply to elwoodblues

Re: [Help] Eating up car batteries

Do you happen to leave any consumer plugged in? GPS, sat radio, cell charger...? Car batteries are not made to do anything more than deliver a high current for 1 second.


elwoodblues
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Nope, canceled satellite, too expensive, GPS is woefully out of date, I use my phone.

In terms of driving, mostly city, 15-20ms each way, 5 days a week.


Rifleman
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Look for a shitty ground to the chassis and check the connectors to the alternator for corrosion or heat damage? Foci had these problems for that year.

guppy_fish
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reply to elwoodblues
said by elwoodblues:

driving, mostly city, 15-20ms each way, 5 days a week.

This is your problem, with a standard alternator, your looking at best case about 200 watt hrs or about 20% put back in. This will lead to cronic undercharging and sulfation of the battery plates. If you can use a trickle charger to keep the battery fully charged

NefCanuck

join:2007-06-26
Mississauga, ON
reply to elwoodblues
Does your car have any alarm system? Even a factory system is a parasitic drain over time if the car isn't given enough time to charge the battery in normal use.

NefCanuck

Bob4
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said by guppy_fish:

said by elwoodblues:

driving, mostly city, 15-20ms each way, 5 days a week.

This is your problem, with a standard alternator, your looking at best case about 200 watt hrs or about 20% put back in. This will lead to cronic undercharging and sulfation of the battery plates. If you can use a trickle charger to keep the battery fully charged

I drove 6 minutes to and from the train station for a decade, and my battery lasted just fine.


aurgathor

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That really depends on the sizing of the charging system and a few other variables.

It may be his problem, but it's not possible to say until other possibilities are eliminated, or this one is confirmed in some way.
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