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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Removing the battery for a charge.
Hi, I thought I'd piggy back off this thread instead of making a new one.
On Friday night, my car battery died on me to the point it couldn't ignite the engine.
Over the past 2 months, I had occassionally been getting the lot battery charge error message, it's an 03 with the original battery in it so reckon I'll need a new one. I was during the arvo of Friday fixing a fog light and the rear wiper spray thing, and was listening to music and had the headlights on a lot during the two hours I was working on the stuff so guessed that's what drained the battery? I just assumed there was always a good charge as I drive about 100 miles every other day and thought that'd give my battery a good bit of life.
Anyway, I tried a hand held car starter through the in car charger... that didn't work, I tried charging the battery with a Tesco car battery charging thing for about 5 hours... that didn't work. Ended up just having to jump start it on Saturday morning.
It has been completely fine ever since, what I was comtemplating on doing, was either getting a portable jump starter for £22 at Makro in the case that this happened again, or should I just get a new car battery? Makro do a reasonably priced one, Exide Premium ea770 I think for £79.99 exc VAT. I think they were all on offer three weeks ago but oh well.
I charged the battery from within my car as I couldn't figure out how to take the battery out, there is a black connector head, a cover by the red connecter head with lots and lots of stuff in it, and the red connecter itself, I can undo the black one, but once the plastic cover is off the panel above the red connector, I was clueless.... also there's a big tie-down strap as well? I couldn't get any budge on that at all to undo it. Am I right in assuming it's only tied down by that strap?
If I get a new battery, I need to fit them myself Makro say so was just hoping someone here could help explain how to yank mine out.
Also, the battery I'd potentially get and as with all others I've seen, only have the black and red connector; what is this panel of additional connecters about the red bit?
Finally, I think possibly what could be draining the battery slowly is the car has a professionally fitted car handsfree kit that I don't use but was there from the previous owner, it's been wired directly to the stereo side and has a lead for the charger cradle, something connecting it to the speaker and something connecting it to the microphone attached, could that have a bearing on battery drain?