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Old 03-06-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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I stored the car in a public storage facility over winter. I went to start it only once do to me juggling school and work. I went yesterday to try to start it and brought one of my friends just in case it needed to be jumped. It would not get enough juice from his battery to start, now i'm wondering how i can possibly get the car out of there. I really don't wanna buy a new battery. Oh yeah and I only have a week to get it out otherwise I will be charged for another month.
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I stored the car in a public storage facility over winter. I went to start it only once do to me juggling school and work. I went yesterday to try to start it and brought one of my friends just in case it needed to be jumped. It would not get enough juice from his battery to start, now i'm wondering how i can possibly get the car out of there. I really don't wanna buy a new battery. Oh yeah and I only have a week to get it out otherwise I will be charged for another month.
If the battery went completely dead it may need to be slow charged with a charger.
It's also possible that it went bad and will not charge which would require a new battery.
Usually if they won't jump start the battery is either completely dead or the cables you are using are not conducting the power very well because the cables are bad or the car you are using isn't producing enough juice.
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Alrite, I'll look for someone with a portable battery charger or use a car with a newer battery to jump it again.
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Alrite, I'll look for someone with a portable battery charger or use a car with a newer battery to jump it again.
If you try jumping it again, be patient and let the charging car run for 5-15 minutes before trying to start your car. If the battery is dead it will take some time to recharge and low voltage is hard on your electronics.
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Re: Getting the car out of storage

trojan horse is right... just take the battery out and take it to autozone or other parts retailer and let them trickle charge it. that way if its bad, ur not wasting ur time and friends gas at storage unit tryn to jump a car that wont start...
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trojan horse is right... just take the battery out and take it to autozone or other parts retailer and let them trickle charge it. that way if its bad, ur not wasting ur time and friends gas at storage unit tryn to jump a car that wont start...
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TY for the support post.
dats wut frenemies are for....lmao
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Trickle charge my friend. Bump Trojans thought.
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Yeah i got it out! Tried jumping it as you explained, nothing. Tried a jumper pack, nothing. Waited a bit and tried a fresh jumper pack and boom, she got running. Drove her for a good amount of time and let her idle for a bit. Started her again a few hours later and back up and running smoothly. Only downside is that all the power steering came out and i have pretty much lost power steering. Not that bad though, may just bypass it if possible.
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i wouldnt bypass it.it will be a pita to drive.explain more about the power steering.maybe we can help u fix it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:25 PM   #12
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You WANT power steering. Haha we really don't know how lucky we are to have that sometimes. It's almost a chore to drive with out it.
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if a car was designed without it and has a steering box its not as bad.but when u just take off a pump its pretty terrible.lol
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Yeah, that was just my excited, cheap side coming out. I could hear it whining when i'm in full lock and i saw the huge dried up puddle. It drips very very slowly, before I put it away it would be a few drops every night it seemed. So i guess the pump is dying out as well as leaking, cause i don't see it leaking from a hose.
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i would fill it up.and try to find a leak.if you dont have much money i have fixxed some leaks with epoxy putty and they held up just fine.if you run it to long with no fluid you may damage the pump.when u add fluid to it use some cleaner/degreaser and clean the pump up really good.it will help u pin point the leak.
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Yeah, that was just my excited, cheap side coming out. I could hear it whining when i'm in full lock and i saw the huge dried up puddle. It drips very very slowly, before I put it away it would be a few drops every night it seemed. So i guess the pump is dying out as well as leaking, cause i don't see it leaking from a hose.
I had a BAD leak in my 93lx when I was in high school. It wasn't a very expensive fix.
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good point boss.now that you say that , i think i paid 50-60 dollars for a remanufactured pump from summit.
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Cool, I will try to pinpoint the leak myself and fix it with epoxy since I have some laying around. If it is dying out, what should I do?
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Well depends on the problem. If its a seal then it's still an easy fix.
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If the pump was dry and you ran the engine for more than a few seconds, then the pump is toast. Adding fluid or fixing a leak at this point won't do you any good. Most of them use some type of phenolic vanes to pump the fluid and friction from no fluid burns them up very quickly.
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If the pump was dry and you ran the engine for more than a few seconds, then the pump is toast. Adding fluid or fixing a leak at this point won't do you any good. Most of them use some type of phenolic vanes to pump the fluid and friction from no fluid burns them up very quickly.
sooo true... i messed one up before firing up a fresh motor and forgot to put fluid in it
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If the pump was dry and you ran the engine for more than a few seconds, then the pump is toast. Adding fluid or fixing a leak at this point won't do you any good. Most of them use some type of phenolic vanes to pump the fluid and friction from no fluid burns them up very quickly.
It wasn't bone dry yet, I filled it up with some more fluids for now.
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when u filled it did the whine go away?if so you may be ok.
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Nope, driving it today I could still hear the pump whining. Sadly.
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the damage has probably already been done then.

like i said earlier you can get a remanufactured pump pretty cheap from summit.just keep fluid in yours till you can get it,to get you by.

be sure to use the proper puller to take the pulley off.i have damaged one not doing it correctly.

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Wait a minute, what puller do you have? You've got me worried now. I was going to switch out the alternator and put on U/D pulleys and an electric fan while I was in there changing out the pump.
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nothing to worry about.

you only need the puller to get off the power steering pulley.you can rent it at autozone for cheap.the alternator pulley just unbolts.i cant seem to remember if the alternator is reverse threads or not.a ps puller will pull on the smaller center piece.where i went wrong was use a big puller on the outside of the pulley.it bent the pulley cause it is not very strong.the puller should also come with the piece to install the pulley back on.

also if you are adding u/d pulleys and an electric fan you may need a high amp alternator.with the u/d pulleys you alternator will rotate less per revolution of the motor.and you will be drawing more current.just keep that in mind.

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Thanks a bunch for the heads up, yeah i'm going with a 200 amp. That should be fine right? I never use the radio, its not even in the car right now.
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yes a 200 should cover all your needs.some alternator upgrades require a little bracket modification.but dont be scared.it is real minor.all ou do is put the bottom bolt in,rotate the alternator up, if it hits the triangular shaped part just simply grind it down a little bit.
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How much did your power steering pump cost?
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