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Battery Dead After Long Trip

 
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palmspringsbeetle
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: Battery Dead After Long Trip Reply with quote

I just purchased my 66 today but had to drive about 90 miles home in the dark using the lights. By the time I got home the lights were barely working and battery dead. According to the seller, the battery has charged fine in the past, but I wonder if they drove much at night with lights? Is it poss the battery just cant charge fast enough to run the lights for a long period of time (abt 3 hours)? I also just thought of something.... the last 30 min of the trip is downhill (mostly) so the engine wasn't reving much---could that be it? Thanks Sad
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Kiwi66
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. if it were me, I would check out the generator with a volt meter to ensure it was working correctly. Hope this helps.
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Blue Baron
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Generally speaking, if the red speedometer light goes out and stays out after the car starts, the battery is charging. (A little glow at idle is okay.)

Sounds like you bought a car with a dud battery. After checking to make sure the generator is charging at the battery terminals, I would recommend that you purchase an Optima battery. It's dry cell, holds a strong charge longer and won't rust the floor.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also make sure that all of your cables are connected tightly and grounded correctly. Clean any corrosion or replace anything that looks suspect.
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