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salilsurendran
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Dec 1, 2015, 12:38 AM

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I own a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2008 and had a brand new battery installed on Saturday. Today my car stopped all of a sudden while running. I was trying to get it jump started but when all of a sudden all my lights and everything came and I was able to start my car. I drove to my next destination and the car won't start at all. A friend of mine gave a jump start and my car able to start. I went to the store that sold me the battery and my car died again. This time even though I had a car give me a jump but it won't start. We gave in about 10 minutes and but then suddenly the lights turned on and the car was able to start. Wondering what is going on with my car? Is it the battery or is it the alternator?


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 1, 2015, 12:49 AM

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Check charging system, charge battery with a charger and check it as well separately. New doesn't mean it's good nor that the old one was bad yet.
All this jumping and no testing you can ruin a good new battery in short order - they are not like ones in devices that can run low many times and not care it kills them in cars,


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Hammer Time
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Dec 1, 2015, 6:13 AM

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You might want to check all your cable connections.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 1, 2015, 6:41 AM

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Forgot to mention that. Check well as even this new they may be no good to just clean up and need replacement,


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salilsurendran
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Dec 1, 2015, 10:57 PM

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 I went to the AutoZone store and they tested the battery twice and the battery was fine. They used the AutoZone tester that I believe does a comprehensive test of the battery. The technician then looked at my connections and saw that the ground was a little loose. He tightened it and replaced the battery. Instead of the spacer he inserted a screw in between the negative terminal. He then did a complete test of the electrical system which included testing the starter, the alternator etc. and it turned out to be good. He showed me the results on his tester and it said passed for the starter, diodes etc. I tried starting the car 3 times in the store and twice in my garage and it started with no problems. However, I must say that when this problem started I did notice that my car slightly shudders when coming to a slow stop. I remember my battery died when I was coming to a slow stop. It still shudders a bit. Don't remember having this problem before. So if my ground gets disconnected when the car is running say in the middle of a highway. Will my car come to a complete dead stop?


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 2, 2015, 12:56 AM

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OK - I can't speak for qualifications or equipment used at each Autozone or similar place but the outlets main goal is selling parts - just know that.
If a connection was found bad quite apparently it explains a lot. Just quick disconnects is going to mess it up in assorted ways up to stalling out and electrical harm. If all is well now consider yourself very lucky and pay attention to the connections using grease to prevent corrosion.


I'd like to see you own a voltmeter if you don't have an accurate dash read I like even ones that plug in a live power port and digitally (LED) tell you instant ongoing volts and volt drop when attempting to start/cranking. Good info live from the interior.
Cars learn to idle at some age to run well. Disconnecting battery erases memory that may now be the cause of imperfect idle if all else is OK that will self correct or should in some time. Better to use a memory saver whenever disconnecting batteries so info isn't lost.
Running cars with battery disconnected totally is a wild risk. Luck and nothing to a real disaster blowing electrical things - they don't heal nor do diodes mentioned which further is just saying watch out what repair info you get from parts outlets vs mechanics which most are NOT.
Results of how charging system was working if you have it would prove it's working properly now you should know.


IDK - Parts places sell parts, techs fix cars like groceries and chefs - that bugs me about like bringing your own food to a restaurant of unknown qualities and expecting the chef to do miracles with possibly inferior products.
Think I said lead acid automotive batteries are their own thing and don't like going dead or being overcharged either. They also don't usually age real well so nice to know how old one is marked by YOU right on it if encrypted.
It is a service item not generally brought up or done at all until something goes wrong and unfortunately can cause very expensive other problems that could have been prevented. Stuff happens even when you do everything too just not as much,


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