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Old 19 Dec 2010, 11:16 pm
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Default Honda having a little trouble starting?

Just got a used 2007 Honda Accord with 35k miles from a dealer and since it is Wisconsin and 10 degrees, I tried starting the car (which was left outside overnight) and the dash lights went super dim and the starter seemed to really struggle but finally the car started.... The battery looks pretty new so what is up here?
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 11:31 pm
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The battery is probably going bad. Just because it looks new doesn't mean its good. I see batteries that look perfectly good on the outside test bad all the time.
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 11:46 pm
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You just answered your own question. You said it was 10 degrees and the car was left outside overnight. Cold temperatures are extremely hard on a car battery by depleting its cold cranking amps(CCA). It doesn't matter if the battery is new. Insulating the battery somehow would help tremendously. I remember seeing an insulated plastic battery box in a Dodge truck. It came that way from the factory. It's basically a thin plastic box minus the top part and the inside is lined with what looks like the foil/foam material that is used to make those windshield sun shades. Too bad all cars don't come with one. Even if you wrap 4 sides of the battery with some type of insulating material is better than nothing.
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 12:01 am
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A new battery can give you problems with starting in cold weather if it is not a real good battery. Batteries are sold by a system known as "Cold Cranking Amps". This is measured at 0 degrees, which could occur quite often in Wisconsin. A brand new fully charged battery is only good for about 50% of it's Cold Cranking Amps at 0 degrees! The higher the number for the Cold Cranking Amps, the better the battery, and the more expensive it is, but you have the choice of taking a chance your car won't start, or spending the money for a reliable battery that gets the job done when it's zero outside! With your Honda, a Cold Cranking Amp number of 700 cca on up to 850 cca should be sufficient. Wal-Mart has excellent batteries and is very good on taking care of their customers if it needs replaced under warranty. Wal-Mart is reliable for their service! Also make sure you're using a 5W motor oil up there in Wisconsin. Oil can get really thick and heavy when the temperature drops. Your battery needs every advantage when it needs to turn the engine over at zero degrees!
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 12:16 am
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Since your car is a 2007 the battery may be original equipment. If so it will differ in appearance from the replacement type of batteries. The dealer will have a history on file as to whether it was changed and when. If it hasn't been changed, change it. It's due time wise. Another factor is you could have loose or corroded battery terminals. In other words the battery cable ends that attach to you battery posts. They should be tight enough so you can't twist them with your hand. If there is a bunch of green or bluish colored stuff on the posts you can clean them, by slowly pouring a cup of hot water over them. Then disconnect them to clean off the remainder of corrosion with a wire brush. But one word of caution is that batteries can and do explode! So wear safety glasses. The fumes from the acid inside the battery are flammable. So a spark is all it takes to go boom. Don't use a cigarette lighter or similar to inspect the battery. You could loose an eye!
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 01:31 am
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Cold weather makes the engine hard to start for two main reasons. First, oil thickens when it's cold, which increases friction and makes it harder for the starter motor to spin the engine. Cold also slows the chemical reaction in the car's battery, reducing its power output. Battery output is usually rated at 77F, below which starting power drops drastically. As shown in Fig. 1, at 5F a fully charged lead-acid battery has only half its rated amp-hour capacity. buy this

also they make heater for the motor have u seen some cars with a extestion cord coming from grill that what it is to keep it warm

Read more: cold conditions dead batt happens keep in garage if u can
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 01:46 am
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Probably change your battery. Get a new one.
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