How do I keep my car from freezing up at night?
I normally keep my car in my garage and its fine. But occasionally I spend the night somewhere and I have to park outside. In the morning when I go to start my car it will never start and I have to get a jump. Besides going outside every couple hours to start it what can I do to stop this?
Question answered by Country Boy
Tune the car up. Buy a bigger more powerful (cold cranking amp) battery. Are the cable ends clean dry and tight on all four ends? Make sure it has the factory recommended full synthetic motor oil in the crankcase. How cold does it get when the car is parked outside?
A week battery and regular mineral motor-oil will kill your starting power when the temperature drops down to -10 below zero.
If all the above things have been done to your car, it will start down to -30 below zero Farenheit. All three of our cars popped-off just fine this past Mon. AM when the temperature was -26 below Zero.
Is there any other way to charge a car battery besides Jump Start?
Actually, I drive a 1997 VW GTi VR6. Sometimes, I have to go to other countries for a few months and my car battery runs out every time. I cannot get my car to start. Is there any way that I can deal with this situation all by myself? Buying a battery chargers? What kind? How many voltage? Thanks!
Question answered by guess78624
You have several options here. One is to disconnect one of the battery cables, (accessories like clock, security alarm, and other stuff can run battery down when car not it use!) A battery with a good charge can probably survive for 3 months and still start the car (most of the time).
There is a "jumpstart" pack, - that can be caried to car and will boost the battery enough to start the car. It has a charger that plugs into regular "house outlet" and then unplugs so that you can carry it around. The unit is about as big as an "old time" kids lunch pail (maybe just a little larger). This is a great thing to have while traveling, as you can just put it in your trunk, and if you (or anybody else) forgets to turn off your lights, - you just get the pack out and hook it up and you are on your way!! This will run you around $40-50, - depending on how big and what brand it is! Sears, Wal-Mart, and auto supply stores have them.
Now if the car is staying at home, you can buy a "trickle charger" and hook it up to battery and forget it, it puts out a very low current output, - which keeps your, battery "topped up" all the time, when you get back, just remove the charger and go on your way! This will run you in the range of $8.50 -$15.
Since your car has a 12 volt syatem, - naturally the voltage will be 12!
Now there is a third alternative, and that is a "solar charger" you can plug it in to the cigarettte lighter, and put it on the dash. They work pretty well (most of the time), - and they essentially will do the same thing as the trickle charger. They are pretty well available where car accessories are sold. And they run from about $20-up, - here again it depends on where and how you buy them. You probably only need one capable of putting out 1 amp under full sun,light. Obviously this isn't going to work in a parking garage or shaded ares! Note don't put it on outside of car,-(or it will be gone when you get back!)
There is one more thing to keep in mind, and that is if you have a computerized theft prevention system, - you want to know the "combination code" that re-arms your car so that you can drive it away! Otherwise it may think you are trying to "steal your car" and "lock everything down"! If your battery has been really (100%) dead before, you will already know this! Since you would have had to get it re-programmed before you cold drive it!!
How to keep car's engine/battery warm in winter?
So winter time is coming 'round quickly, and around here it can get to -20 degrees celsius. My car doesn't have a plug-in, nor anywhere TO plug-in. I was wondering if there was an alternative way to care for the car when a plug-in (for the engine I think? Maybe battery) isn't available?
It's a 1994 Dodge Colt.
Question answered by Country Boy
Believe it or not more 12 volt batteries die in the Summer than Winter. Many cars today have heat insulating shields around the batteries to keep them cool. -20 C isn't very cold. To help the car start on cold days make sure it has the factory recommended oil viscosity in the motor. Park in a garage. If you're stuck outside always park with the tail of the car pointing North or park on the South side of a house.
Wish you'd have included the year make and model of the car. Full synthetic motor oil allows the motor to start easier in cold weather. Make sure the battery posts and cable terminals are clean. Both should have a coating of battery terminal protector before tightening them back up. If the battery has removable caps on the top each cell should be filled to the bottom of the plastic ring with distilled water.
If you know you have a weak battery clip on a 1.5 amp battery tender / charger to the terminals when it gets really cold.
Will electric cars ever be affordable and practical?
Electric cars have been around for over 100 years, yet many problems remain to be solved.
Cost: $40,000+ is out of range for most people and certainly too high for a small car. It would take years to pay for itself in terms of gasoline saved.
Batteries: charging can take several hours. Expense of replacing can be as high as half of the car cost.
It just seems that it will be a long time before technology can give the people an electric car that makes sense.
Question answered by DragonOpinion
we have a long way to go to make electric cars as practical and affordable as gasoline cars. The biggest hurdle now is battery technology. Once batteries can be made which provide the same amount of energy as gasoline, meaning that a battery can take you as far as a tank of gas one a single charge, and are affordable, we will see electric cars on the roads.
Right now, batteries with a decent amount of Amp-hours are extremely expensive and bulky. Plus, there isn't much infrastructure in place to support electric cars. There is a gas station on every corner but can you think of a place to plug in your car even if it used a regular 120Vac outlet? Could you plug it in at work or in a parking garage without running 1000 feet of extension cords?
We may see them being affordable one day but until they become practical as well (solve these issues I listed above), it will be a long time before they replace gasoline cars.
How to adjust treble and base on regular car speakers?
what is the best way to set up the bass and the treble?
i have installed in the back CRUNCH speakers, but i dont have subwoofers or amplifiers... (i dont what them)...
-so how can i make my car sound the best as possible? can you help me on how to set the treble and the bass on the car audio?
I DONT WANT TO POP MY SPEAKERS!!
Question answered by kat without a face
it is to be set up on what you are listening to at the time, old recordings may need a bass boost and new recordings may need to reduce bass.
there is a point where your system poops out, if u turn it up louder it will give u nothing more then distortion, find that point and do not exceed it.
the best listening is in a garage or parking at a quiet spot in the dark, you can get a feel of the effort the producers put in to the recording and just play around w/ the controls, turn it up and find when it starts to distort and back off the volume a bit and mess with the treble and bass.
you may find that your favorite recordings paint a picture beyond watching a movie, now picture a high end system where you can visualize every note.
the idea is finding where your speakers distort, (sounds distorted) and keep it below that level, remember bass sucks more power and will lower the volume you can listen to your system without distortion.
consider an amp and a subwoofer in the future, it is worth it if u have the money but all in all the tone controls u have are up to you and how much power you have
Should I buy a Glass mat battery for my motorcycle?
I need a new battery and I found one for 475 and its a glass mat battery. I have acid in there now. My uncle talks up gel batteries. Whats better? Glass mat or gel?
$75**** not 475
Question answered by Dimo J
I like AGM batteries myself -- And this is why: http://www.vonwentzel.net/Battery/01.Type/index.html (You can check yourself looking the same information from other sites)
> Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries are the latest step in the evolution of
> lead-acid batteries. Instead of using a gel, an AGM uses a fiberglass like
> separator to hold the electrolyte in place. The physical bond between the
> separator fibers, the lead plates, and the container make AGMs spill-proof
> and the most vibration and impact resistant lead-acid batteries available
> today. Even better, AGMs use almost the same voltage set-points as flooded
> cells and thus can be used as drop-in replacements for flooded cells.
Repeat: " most vibration and impact resistant lead-acid batteries available"
This is important for motorcycles. AGM also have the lowest self-discharge rate, 1-3% a month. Park your motorcycle in September, get on it in April, and it will have enough of a charge to start the motor.
I void warranties. I am not nice with equipment. I know that letting a battery go totally flat three times in three years will kill a battery, trust me. I bought a Big Crank AGM battery in April 2008. AGM batteries can be shipped by air. AGM batteries arrive charged, ready to be dropped into the motorcycle -- you can be riding within 5 minutes of the UPS man handing you the package. April 2010 I had a triple heart by-pass, followed three weeks later with a stroke. The motorcycle sat for 4 months, started up we I was finally allowed to ride. I got to work in March 2011. Work is still good, management was far worse. In April-May I had problems. Go back home in the garage, after work, park the 'cycle, next morning I notice the key on, headlight on, battery flat to zero. Borrow the wife's cage, charge the battery in afternoon, ready to ride next morning. Next week, same thing. Three days later, same thing -- except in was a Saturday. So I connected the battery to the car charger, 10 amp level. 2 hours later I could start and ride. Did better, about 2 months before I did the fourth time. Over six months later the battery is still good. I LIKE my AGM battery.
YOU can get any battery you want. I when I do manage to kill my battery I will be replacing it with another AGM battery -- I *KNOW* it is the better battery.
Physics Help? A car owner leaves headlights on. How long before the battery dies?
A car owner forgets to turn off the headlights of his car while it is parked in his garage. If the 12.0-V battery in his car is rated at 130.0 A · h and each headlight requires 30.9 W of power, how long will it take the battery to completely discharge?
I can't figure this out....The formulas I have been using don't seem to work...help please?
Question answered by Steve
Ptot = 2*30.9 = 61.8 W
i = P/V = 61.8/12 = 5.15 amp
Time t = (A∙hr)/i = 130/5.15 = 25.24 hr
Change bad car battery now or in the spring? Car gets stored in winter.?
I store my Mustang in the winter and the battery recently failed a load test. I typically start the car every other week in the winter. My question is should I change out the battery now, or wait until spring when I am going to be driving it again? If I don't change it now, I will most likely have to jump it each time I go to start the car.
Question answered by Bostonian In MO
WARNING! Bad advice above!!^^
I'd get a new battery now. Keep it inside, on a wooden bench, connected to a 2 amp trickle charger. Install it to run the engine and then bring it back inside when you're done.
A dead battery can freeze and rupture in the dead of winter. That will cause lots of damage to you and your car if it happens. A frozen battery can explode if jumped, spraying acid all over you. People have been blinded permanently by this!
You could "pickle" your engine for the winter, but the previous poster's advice is incorrect. To pickle an engine you must change the oil and filter -- do NOT leave it empty of oil! Then pull the plugs and "fog" the cylinders with motor oil. Tape off all openings (oil filler, air intake, exhaust, etc.) with a moisture-proof barrier tape and park it inside a garage. Pull the battery (new one) and place on a 1 or 2 amp trickle charger. Load test it every couple of weeks (an old sealed beam headlight works nicely for this) and check the fluid level and top off as needed with distilled water. Cover the car with a tarp that covers the entire vehicle.
How do you charge a car audio system with a compacitor.?
Ok so i took out my inline fuse out of my power wire cuz i blew my subs and i didnt want my compacitor to drain from my battery. but whne i went to put my fuse back in when it touched were it goes in it sparked, so how do i put the fuse back in charge my compatior and check to make shure my amps fine without shorting sumthing out in the process?
Question answered by Cappuccino
Sounds like you have something hooked up wrong is everything grounded correctly?
But to answer you question, the compacitor hooks up BATTERY >>> Compacitor >>> AMP However I HIGHLY advise against this unless you park in a temp. controlled garage, I spent 230 on a amazing compacitor and when the temp got to be 80+ inside the car it LEAKED ELECTROLYTE!
The simple and better solution to Diming headlights and draining batteries is
Upgrade your alternator (headlights)
Upgrade your battery (( Optima yellow cap ))
I haven't started my car in a week. Tried to start engine today but won start. Just clicking sound. Why?
I had the car parked in garage for 3 months and never drove it. I just turn the engine on and let it run for 10 minutes once a week. A month ago, I had to jump start the car because I accidentally left the interior light on overnight. The battery and the car were still working fine after I had jumped it. Until a week ago, when I tried to start it. It now just makes a rapid clicking noise when I try to start it? Am I in need of a new battery or is it a starter problem? Or something else altogether?
Question answered by AQUAHOLIC
Sounds to me like your battery isn't charged to 100% by starting and running for 10 min once a week isn't enough time to recharge your battery. Your alternator is only intended to replace the juice your engine took from your battery during a start, it is not intended to be your sole source of charge meaning recharging your battery. This will cause excessive wear on your alternator.
The clicking sound you hear is from your solenoid on your starter this is an indication that your battery is low.
Recommendation buy a maintainer or low amp charger and place it on your battery during storage or long times with no use. This will keep your battery in good condition and ready for use. Be sure to check the water level in your battery if you can do so and if it should need water use distilled water not tap water.