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Old 05-22-2004, 02:45 PM   #1
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i went out to start my car friday and everything worked but when i went to start it you could hear the silonoid clicking but it was not turning over. i hooked my battery charger to it and it took a charge. i went to start it agian and it did the same thing. so i call auto zone and they say that the starter is out. i go get a new starter put it on and it did the same thing. Auto zone then says that it is not getting enough juice to turn over the starter. so i check the battery agian and it takes a charge. i go to start it and it just clicks agian. this time i notticed though that the battery droped to 6 volts as soon as i tried to start it and the charger would kick back on. ultimitly it was the battery. it still had the stock battery in it and with my stereo i beat the crap out of it. i deep cycled it one to may times on my way home from work basicly. just thought that some one might save themselves 4 hours of work in the 90 degree sun like i did buy double checking the battery if you have not replaced you stock battery and hve the similar problem
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time for a optima
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Optima won't solve that. Your battery should only be drained on starting, or when the car'* off. If it'* not, you need a stronger alt.
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well it sounds like the battery isnt holdin the charge??
easy test with the car running with a volt meter check the volts at the battery i should read 13.8
now turn the car off wait 20 min or so check the battery again it should read at or over 12 volts
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Being your car is a MY '00 I bet your car was built in '99, making that battery 5 years old....so thats no surprise that it needed to be replaced. Sucks about the starter though.
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actually he is right i put in a new battery and it is fine. i do need a bigger alternator but that is not causing the car not to start. it just so happens that it was a optima but who is counting. any way the battery was toast.
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Factory and most aftermarket batteries ( some excluded) are NOT meant to deep cycle ( kill completely then recharge) if you do then you are definitely gonna kill the battery. It will hold 12 volts but will have next to NO amps to turn the starter. In every car I have had I replace the stock battery with a 1,000 CCA even though they say it wont fit, I make it fit. The Malibu is the only one I have not done this to. Since I used to be in competition and listen to the stereo fairly loud.
If you are killing the battery as you are driving home then I would seriously look at a bigger alt cause it is not putting out enough to charge your battery as you drive and run the car and you will find out shortly that you will toast your alt too.
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since you have that monster JL amp I'd get a bigger alt and a CAP i Perfer "THE CAP" its made by Alumapro
or a "BATCAP"
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yeah the next thing i am buying is a alternator. i have not decided to get a second batterey or do a cap. i am leaning towards the second battery seems to make more since to me.
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Actually a CAP is probably the first step then a second battery. Since a cap is designed for "quick" charge and discharge it will do a couple things
1. help eliminated light dimming when bass hits
2. give you amp the power it needs for the bass when it hits.


Bass is what takes allot of power and a cap will help give you that power quick as the amp needs it. I have ALWAYS used a cap in my systems. I was only using a 1 Farad cap but you may need a couple of them. Well worth the investment.
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