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Jan 11, 2018, 10:16 PM

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There are 5k miles on thus car.
Subaru wrx premium

Three day weekend from work, didnt start the car. With the tempurature being below zero for two of the days and not having the luxury of keeping it in the garage; the car went completely dead. We jumped it, let it run for 30 minutes, drove it around, and the next morning, its dead again.

I will most likely end up bringing it into the dealership in the next few days, but would a possible fix be to buy a battery charger from a local walmart to charge it over-night?

Thank you in advanced for any tips or advice!

Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 12, 2018, 1:02 AM

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OK - This vehicle should be under total warranty and have to suggest towing it back to the dealer for the fix. If for some reason the battery was allowed to go completely dead in sub-zero temps meaning not even a light or signal a door is open the battery would be destroyed up to risky to try to charge and fix on your own. AYOR to charge that one up. Cold can cause a battery not to start a vehicle just from extreme cold usually if it was OK when parked AND nothing left ON to drain its charge would start normally within a few weeks if temps were down to perhaps even minus 25F or so. It was that cold or colder in many areas, millions of people and their vehicles.
In brief if a lead/acid type battery is discharge it would freeze solid inside up to cracking the case of it may or may not have leaked out "electrolyte" or not but still ruined that battery for a 2017/5K mile vehicle.
There may be damage from jump starting it if battery was destroyed is unknown right now and unknown if a warranty issue or was neglected to properly park vehicle even if outdoors if left too long without tending to it.
Yes you could try charging it now as said AYOR it may not respond is likely IMO if running it didn't work the damage is done. Any anti-theft features may already be set to disallow it's operation as well all to be found out but would rather you towed this vehicle to minimize damage beyond just a battery.
AGAIN! DO NOT JUMP START A STONE DEAD BATTERY IN EXTREME COLD. TOW THOSE TO WHERE YOU CAN CHARGE AND CHECK BATTERIES FIRST. The cold recently would raise all kinds of problem for even new car dealers with lots of vehicles to tend to just can't have them all indoors in heated areas. This is routine the cold was just longer lasting and more areas than usual,


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Jan 12, 2018, 4:59 AM

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The battery is junk. Just replace it.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 12, 2018, 6:01 AM

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True + quick HT! No telling how many when this bull hit about 1/3rd of the populated US. OMG - how fast can anyone make batteries? T

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Jan 12, 2018, 6:03 AM

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I'd jump it off and drive it to the dealer and have them check it out since it is covered under manufacture's warranty.

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