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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:39 AM
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battery issue, or?

my defender has been in my garage, unstarted, for a couple of months. went to start it and it was dead as a doornail. tried to connect a battery charger to it which usually turns on when the posts are attached but nothing happened. tried jumping it with my other rig, the car does not seem to be getting anything although the amp turned on which is in the same box as my battery and which connects directly to the battery terminal posts. Any ideas out there, can a battery be so dead that there is no bringing it back to life, shouldn't the engine crank over anyway or at least make a sorry attempt to, could it be that a battery wire has come off. I'm going to go back and look at that.


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Old January 26th, 2014, 01:01 AM
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I got it figured out. the terminal post connector has three wires that come off of it that are tampered down with an allen wrench, the one that goes to the car had fallen off, plus the battery was dead taboot, its running on it's own power right now, should I take it for a spin or just let it sit there in the garage (door open of course) and charge? does it matter?
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Old January 26th, 2014, 01:10 AM
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As I understand it the lead starts to eat the battery if the truck is left dead for an extended period of time, which is irreversible.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 01:13 AM
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I think it had a little juice in it when I first tried to crank it because when I touched it with the loose wire everything came on, but it wouldn't turn over. then I reconnected the wire and jumped it and it started right up. I'll let it run another twenty minutes and then leave it for tonight. If I have to jump it in the am real quick I'll be OK. I have a one hour drive to mt si tomorrow to do some hiking that will either get it back up to speed or it's new battery time again, the battery is brand new so worst case I can get a new one at a pro rated discount.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 01:27 AM
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Battery cables should never become loose from their terminals. Sounds like you are using stuff like the attached - get rid of them. Use purpose built crimped terminals.
Your battery should be charged after the hour drive. I wouldn't worry about it.
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I got it figured out. the terminal post connector has three wires that come off of it that are tampered down with an allen wrench, the one that goes to the car had fallen off, plus the battery was dead taboot, its running on it's own power right now, should I take it for a spin or just let it sit there in the garage (door open of course) and charge? does it matter?
Hey, just as a precaution, try not to leave your vehicle running in the garage even if the door is open. I have a neighbor that started his car got distracted and forgot it was running. The whole family got very sick in less than an hour. Another neighbor called to make sure everything was okay and had to remind them the car was running.

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