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Old 08 Dec 2009, 11:06 pm
dilbert firestorm
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hey all

I have a 2004 honda accord. The battery on the car died. my mechanic
says it was the battery.

my question here is. How do I tell if a battery in the car died?

The cars instrumentation does not have a battery gauge, but it does have
light indicator for battery. the problem here when the car wouldn't
start up, it showed several light indicators. It showed the engine,
battery, brake indicator, I think 2 other indicators showed up too as
well, don't recall off hand what they were.

Horn worked, it seemed it was getting power, but wouldn't start. I
thought it may be the starter, but as my mechanic said, it was the battery.

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Old 08 Dec 2009, 11:30 pm
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On Tue, 08 Dec 2009 23:06:16 -0600, dilbert firestorm
<scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:

>hey all
>
>I have a 2004 honda accord. The battery on the car died. my mechanic
>says it was the battery.
>
>my question here is. How do I tell if a battery in the car died?
>
>The cars instrumentation does not have a battery gauge, but it does have
>light indicator for battery. the problem here when the car wouldn't
>start up, it showed several light indicators. It showed the engine,
>battery, brake indicator, I think 2 other indicators showed up too as
>well, don't recall off hand what they were.
>
>Horn worked, it seemed it was getting power, but wouldn't start. I
>thought it may be the starter, but as my mechanic said, it was the battery.


voltmeter will tell you in a second.

starter takes 100x the power of the lights and radio, often little
stuff will work with a battery that won't start the car.

how old is the current battery? My OEM battery in the 2007 car died
in under three years - got a new one on warranty. if you have the
original battery there, you got a lot of life out of it.

my friend is driving around his 19xx Ford Tempo with a four year old
battery that loses charge now if he leaves it for three days, but he
seems bound and determined to get himself stranded a few more times
before he replaces it. "maybe it's a loose wire" he says. Right.
but he carries jumper cables, no problem.

J.

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Old 09 Dec 2009, 01:16 am
dilbert firestorm
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I don't think the battery was ever replaced to my knowledge.

It's actually my moms car. My dad handled everything with the car
before he passed on.

what kind of voltmeter??

JRStern wrote:
> On Tue, 08 Dec 2009 23:06:16 -0600, dilbert firestorm
> <scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:
>
> >hey all
> >
> >I have a 2004 honda accord. The battery on the car died. my mechanic
> >says it was the battery.
> >
> >my question here is. How do I tell if a battery in the car died?
> >
> >The cars instrumentation does not have a battery gauge, but it does have
> >light indicator for battery. the problem here when the car wouldn't
> >start up, it showed several light indicators. It showed the engine,
> >battery, brake indicator, I think 2 other indicators showed up too as
> >well, don't recall off hand what they were.
> >
> >Horn worked, it seemed it was getting power, but wouldn't start. I
> >thought it may be the starter, but as my mechanic said, it was the battery.

>
> voltmeter will tell you in a second.
>
> starter takes 100x the power of the lights and radio, often little
> stuff will work with a battery that won't start the car.
>
> how old is the current battery? My OEM battery in the 2007 car died
> in under three years - got a new one on warranty. if you have the
> original battery there, you got a lot of life out of it.
>
> my friend is driving around his 19xx Ford Tempo with a four year old
> battery that loses charge now if he leaves it for three days, but he
> seems bound and determined to get himself stranded a few more times
> before he replaces it. "maybe it's a loose wire" he says. Right.
> but he carries jumper cables, no problem.
>
> J.
>
>



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Old 09 Dec 2009, 06:28 am
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On Wed, 09 Dec 2009 01:16:20 -0600, dilbert firestorm
<scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:

>I don't think the battery was ever replaced to my knowledge.
>
>It's actually my moms car. My dad handled everything with the car
>before he passed on.
>
>what kind of voltmeter??
>


If the mechanic said it is your battery replace it. I fail to see the
need for this discussion.

>JRStern wrote:
>> On Tue, 08 Dec 2009 23:06:16 -0600, dilbert firestorm
>> <scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:
>>
>> >hey all
>> >
>> >I have a 2004 honda accord. The battery on the car died. my mechanic
>> >says it was the battery.
>> >
>> >my question here is. How do I tell if a battery in the car died?
>> >
>> >The cars instrumentation does not have a battery gauge, but it does have
>> >light indicator for battery. the problem here when the car wouldn't
>> >start up, it showed several light indicators. It showed the engine,
>> >battery, brake indicator, I think 2 other indicators showed up too as
>> >well, don't recall off hand what they were.
>> >
>> >Horn worked, it seemed it was getting power, but wouldn't start. I
>> >thought it may be the starter, but as my mechanic said, it was the battery.

>>
>> voltmeter will tell you in a second.
>>
>> starter takes 100x the power of the lights and radio, often little
>> stuff will work with a battery that won't start the car.
>>
>> how old is the current battery? My OEM battery in the 2007 car died
>> in under three years - got a new one on warranty. if you have the
>> original battery there, you got a lot of life out of it.
>>
>> my friend is driving around his 19xx Ford Tempo with a four year old
>> battery that loses charge now if he leaves it for three days, but he
>> seems bound and determined to get himself stranded a few more times
>> before he replaces it. "maybe it's a loose wire" he says. Right.
>> but he carries jumper cables, no problem.
>>
>> J.
>>
>>


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Old 09 Dec 2009, 07:54 am
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On 2009-12-09, dilbert firestorm <scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:
> I don't think the battery was ever replaced to my knowledge.
>
> It's actually my moms car. My dad handled everything with the car
> before he passed on.
>
> what kind of voltmeter??
>


There's not a lot of kinds of voltmeters. You want one that reads...
Volts. DC.

I think the point is kind of moot, though. He said the battery was
bad, you replaced the battery, the car starts. Sounds like problem
solved to me... ;-)

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Old 09 Dec 2009, 08:31 am
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Joe wrote:
> On 2009-12-09, dilbert firestorm <scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:
> > I don't think the battery was ever replaced to my knowledge.
> >
> > It's actually my moms car. My dad handled everything with the car
> > before he passed on.
> >
> > what kind of voltmeter??
> >

>
> There's not a lot of kinds of voltmeters. You want one that reads...
> Volts. DC.
>
> I think the point is kind of moot, though. He said the battery was
> bad, you replaced the battery, the car starts. Sounds like problem
> solved to me... ;-)
>
>

Yeah, I know its moot. but this the kind of job I could have done
myself. it ain't that hard to replace a battery is it?


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Old 09 Dec 2009, 08:54 am
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On Wed, 09 Dec 2009 08:31:09 -0600, dilbert firestorm
<scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:

>Joe wrote:
>> On 2009-12-09, dilbert firestorm <scanb31@bytemeati-55.com> wrote:
>> > I don't think the battery was ever replaced to my knowledge.
>> >
>> > It's actually my moms car. My dad handled everything with the car
>> > before he passed on.
>> >
>> > what kind of voltmeter??
>> >

>>
>> There's not a lot of kinds of voltmeters. You want one that reads...
>> Volts. DC.
>>
>> I think the point is kind of moot, though. He said the battery was
>> bad, you replaced the battery, the car starts. Sounds like problem
>> solved to me... ;-)
>>
>>

>Yeah, I know its moot. but this the kind of job I could have done
>myself. it ain't that hard to replace a battery is it?



When you are 16 and get your license you should learn how to do basic
car maintenance like changing a battery.
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Old 09 Dec 2009, 12:08 pm
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dilbert firestorm wrote:


> Yeah, I know its moot. but this the kind of job I could have done
> myself. it ain't that hard to replace a battery is it?



It should be one of the easier things you can do.
The only issue I'm aware of is the need to reset the radio security code.
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Old 09 Dec 2009, 12:48 pm
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Greg <nospam@null.net> wrote in news:BHRTm.548$%E6.340@newsfe06.iad:

> dilbert firestorm wrote:
>
>
>> Yeah, I know its moot. but this the kind of job I could have done
>> myself. it ain't that hard to replace a battery is it?

>
>
> It should be one of the easier things you can do.
> The only issue I'm aware of is the need to reset the radio security code.




That, plus all the ECM/PCM "relearn" stuff. It will take a few days for the
car to feel "right" again as the ECM/PCM does all its relearning.

A BIG word of warning: do NOT overtighten the terminal nuts. They are
tightened ONLY until the terminal cannot be easily rotated with light hand
pressure. And it helps to support the other side of the terminal as you
turn the nut.

If you overtighten the terminal nuts, you flex the terminal post in the
case, causing the case/post seal to break. That's when you get that green,
fuzzy corrosion.

As for the radio code:
<http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/radiocode.html>

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Old 09 Dec 2009, 09:47 pm
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> Yeah, I know its moot. but this the kind of job I could have done myself.
> it ain't that hard to replace a battery is it?


Yeah, even I did it myself, once, before radio codes and all.

Drove into Pep Boys and wanted them to do it, but
looked like a three-hour wait so I did it myself
in the parking lot, took all of three minutes.

Actually, the new battery was physically smaller
than the OEM so needed a couple of shims on the
hold-down, but it was still pretty much kindergarten
stuff. Never had a problem with it.

OTOH the install fee was about ten dollars, I would
happily have let them do it while I sat at Starbucks
and kept my fingers clean,
if they could just have got it done sooner.

J.




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