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Username Post: Do I have the proper battery?        (Topic#349122)
Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
Loc: Riverside, New Jersey
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01-11-18 06:39 PM - Post#2720826    

I've been having starting issues since about the middle of last year.

My B.A. is garage kept. When I've gone out to the garage to start it all I get is a "click" (starter/relay/other electrical?). When I check the battery, it's discharged. I put the charger on it and it comes right back and holds the charge.

When I try to start it again, nothing back to the click. And the battery shows discharged again.

The engine does not want to turn over. The battery is two years old. The tag on it shows 800 CA amps at 32 degrees and 650 CCA amps at Zero degrees.

Could there be an electrical problem drawing the battery down? The electrical system is stock in this car.





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YOUNG57 
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01-12-18 06:54 AM - Post#2720844    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

It may be a bad battery but…

Do you know if the generator/alternator is charging? Check the generator/alternator’s output while the engine is running with digital volt meter, it should 14 + volts at the battery.

As a test to see if there is a drain on the battery remove the battery’s negative cable after you shut it off for the day and see if it lost its charge or will start the next day.



 
Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
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01-12-18 09:33 AM - Post#2720857    
    In response to YOUNG57

Thanks. Next thing I'm checking.

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acardon 
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01-12-18 09:47 AM - Post#2720859    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

  • Quote:
My B.A. is garage kept. When I've gone out to the garage to start it all I get is a "click" (starter/relay/other electrical?). When I check the battery, it's discharged. I put the charger on it and it comes right back and holds the charge.

When I try to start it again, nothing back to the click. And the battery shows discharged again.



How long between charging it enough to start the engine and when you try to start it again?
Yes, you could have something drawing the battery down. Try disconnecting the battery until you try to start it again, and see if it's run down.
A fast charge may bring the battery back up, but it may not be fully charged. Try a slow charge for several days.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
pauldian 
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01-12-18 10:47 AM - Post#2720863    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

The first thing I would do is to clean the battery post and where the ground wire is connected, charge the battery and go from there.



 
Gene_Schneider 
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01-12-18 07:26 PM - Post#2720896    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

The battery could be bad. Have it tested.
You could have a curent draw. Remove cable test as suggested.
A bad battery cable or bad connections possible.

ChevGene 1934 Master sedan 1939 Master DeLuxe Town Sedan 1950 Styline DeLuxe Power Glide 1957 Nomad 283 PG 1963 Corvair Convertible


 
Brian D from NJ 
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Brian D from NJ
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01-13-18 07:39 PM - Post#2720979    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

Hi Gene, I'm going to do some of the suggestions mentioned here. I have no heat in the garage. It was zero to negative 4 a couple of days last week . Of course, it was about 64 here yesterday (Friday). I'll have to get some fuel for the torpedo heater.

Just as an aside, I did bring the battery indoors to charge it. Placed it on the kitchen floor. (Haven't heard the last of it from the girlfriend!)

I'm going take it to Autozone to get it checked this week.

Thanks

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Gene_Schneider 
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01-13-18 08:06 PM - Post#2720983    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

It can be dangerous to charge a battery in a confined area.

ChevGene 1934 Master sedan 1939 Master DeLuxe Town Sedan 1950 Styline DeLuxe Power Glide 1957 Nomad 283 PG 1963 Corvair Convertible


 

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