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Old 19 Mar 2012, 09:54 am
vivekian
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Default How do I know if my car battery is dead?

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic
2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start
and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the
dashboard LEDs.

Later AAA guy came and jump started the car and I drove it around for
around 30 minutes. Today when I tried to start the car, it did not
start up. Though the internal lights and dashboard LEDs are lit up.

How do I know if the battery has to be replaced? Or that it just needs
another jump start and a good warm-up?
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 10:00 am
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vivekian <vivekaseeja@gmail.com> wrote in news:0211b9b9-cdba-4a3e-867d-
434216eeb871@vs2g2000pbc.googlegroups.com:

> By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic
> 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start
> and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the
> dashboard LEDs.
>
> Later AAA guy came and jump started the car and I drove it around for
> around 30 minutes. Today when I tried to start the car, it did not
> start up.



What exactly happened when you tried to start the engine?

1) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hood, but the
engine never coughed or sputtered or showed any sign of wanting to fire up?
2) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hood, and the
engine coughed and sputtered but would not fire up?
3) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hjood, but it
was much slower than you're used to?
4) You heard nothing but clicks from under the hood?


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Old 19 Mar 2012, 10:23 am
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Default Re: How do I know if my car battery is dead?

On Mar 19, 11:00*am, Tegger <inva...@example.com> wrote:
> vivekian <vivekase...@gmail.com> wrote in news:0211b9b9-cdba-4a3e-867d-
> 434216eeb...@vs2g2000pbc.googlegroups.com:
>
> > By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic
> > 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start
> > and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the
> > dashboard LEDs.

>
> > Later AAA guy came and jump started the car and I drove it around for
> > around 30 minutes. Today when I tried to start the car, it did not
> > start up.

>
> What exactly happened when you tried to start the engine?
>
> 1) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hood, but the
> engine never coughed or sputtered or showed any sign of wanting to fire up?
> 2) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hood, and the
> engine coughed and sputtered but would not fire up?
> 3) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hjood, but it
> was much slower than you're used to?
> 4) You heard nothing but clicks from under the hood?
>
> --
> Tegger


Its no 1., I would think. There is definitely no engine coughing
there.
Also I can open and lock the car from the car keys itself instead of
manually unlocking it.
It almost looks like there is some charge there.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 10:29 am
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Default Re: How do I know if my car battery is dead?

On Mar 19, 11:23*am, vivekian <vivekase...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mar 19, 11:00*am, Tegger <inva...@example.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > vivekian <vivekase...@gmail.com> wrote in news:0211b9b9-cdba-4a3e-867d-
> > 434216eeb...@vs2g2000pbc.googlegroups.com:

>
> > > By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic
> > > 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start
> > > and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the
> > > dashboard LEDs.

>
> > > Later AAA guy came and jump started the car and I drove it around for
> > > around 30 minutes. Today when I tried to start the car, it did not
> > > start up.

>
> > What exactly happened when you tried to start the engine?

>
> > 1) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hood, but the
> > engine never coughed or sputtered or showed any sign of wanting to fireup?
> > 2) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hood, and the
> > engine coughed and sputtered but would not fire up?
> > 3) You heard and felt a "chugga chugga" noise from under the hjood, butit
> > was much slower than you're used to?
> > 4) You heard nothing but clicks from under the hood?

>
> > --
> > Tegger

>
> Its no 1., I would think. There is definitely no engine coughing
> there.
> Also I can open and lock the car from the car keys itself instead of
> manually unlocking it.
> It almost looks like there is some charge there.


But it could be no. 4 as well.
Is the 'chugga chugga' sound a loud one?
What I hear is definitely not a loud sound.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 12:02 pm
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vivekian <vivekaseeja@gmail.com> wrote in
news:d83302d6-394f-487f-af62-071b9456fa54@pg2g2000pbb.googlegroups.com:


>
> But it could be no. 4 as well.




Impossible for it to be #1 and #4 at the same time.



> Is the 'chugga chugga' sound a loud one?



It's the normal sound of the engine cranking. It's the normal sound and
vibration you get before the engine starts.



> What I hear is definitely not a loud sound.
>



Let me put this another way: When you turn the key to "III" (start), do the
noises under the hood sound the way they normally do? Or are they somehow
different?

If they are different, please describe how:
louder?
softer?
faster?
slower?
higher-pitched?
lower-pitched?


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Old 19 Mar 2012, 01:15 pm
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On Mar 19, 1:02*pm, Tegger <inva...@example.com> wrote:
> vivekian <vivekase...@gmail.com> wrote innews:d83302d6-394f-487f-af62-071b9456fa54@pg2g2000pbb.googlegroups.com:
>
>
>
> > But it could be no. 4 as well.

>
> Impossible for it to be #1 and #4 at the same time.
>
> > Is the 'chugga chugga' sound a loud one?

>
> It's the normal sound of the engine cranking. It's the normal sound and
> vibration you get before the engine starts.
>
> > What I hear is definitely not a loud sound.

>
> Let me put this another way: When you turn the key to "III" (start), do the
> noises under the hood sound the way they normally do? Or are they somehow
> different?
>
> If they are different, please describe how:
> louder?
> softer?
> faster?
> slower?
> higher-pitched?
> lower-pitched?
>
> --
> Tegger


Its definitely no. 4 then.
Lower pitched and a few clicks.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 01:49 pm
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Default Re: How do I know if my car battery is dead?

In article
<f7cf92f5-b720-40b2-8c8e-8c8402c06759@k14g2000vbe.googlegroups.com>,
vivekian <vivekaseeja@gmail.com> wrote:

> Its definitely no. 4 then.
> Lower pitched and a few clicks.


that's a low battery.

Just go ahead and buy a new one. It's not expensive, especially for the
peace of mind you get.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 03:57 pm
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Default Re: How do I know if my car battery is dead?

vivekian <vivekaseeja@gmail.com> wrote in
news:f7cf92f5-b720-40b2-8c8e-8c8402c06759@k14g2000vbe.googlegroups.com:


>
> Its definitely no. 4 then.
> Lower pitched and a few clicks.




Next test:
Turn on the ceiling light, then try and start the car. Does the light go
out when you turn the key?

If so, then the battery needs to be replaced.

Did you ever have the red "Battery" light on the dsshboard illuminate while
you were driving?

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Old 19 Mar 2012, 04:51 pm
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Default Re: How do I know if my car battery is dead?

On Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:54:45 -0700 (PDT), vivekian
<vivekaseeja@gmail.com> wrote:

>By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic
>2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start
>and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the
>dashboard LEDs.
>
>Later AAA guy came and jump started the car and I drove it around for
>around 30 minutes. Today when I tried to start the car, it did not
>start up. Though the internal lights and dashboard LEDs are lit up.
>
>How do I know if the battery has to be replaced? Or that it just needs
>another jump start and a good warm-up?




Go to an autoparts store. Where I live "autozone" will test the
battery for free.
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Old 19 Mar 2012, 06:58 pm
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"vivekian" wrote in message
news:0211b9b9-cdba-4a3e-867d-434216eeb871@vs2g2000pbc.googlegroups.com...

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic
2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start
and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the
dashboard LEDs.

Later AAA guy came and jump started the car and I drove it around for
around 30 minutes. Today when I tried to start the car, it did not
start up. Though the internal lights and dashboard LEDs are lit up.

How do I know if the battery has to be replaced? Or that it just needs
another jump start and a good warm-up?

The battery is probably bad -- my experience with Honda batteries on a 2006
Accord and 2009 CRV is that they last about 3 years.

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