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Old 05-29-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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I left my car for 4 months while I was overseas and I think the battery is dead. I tried jump starting it but no success. When I tried jump starting it it just made a clicking noise when I tried to start the engine. All the lights and radio worked when it was hooked up to the other car but nothing else.


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That stinks. Usually this happens to me if I am working on the car and the battery dies. Then I jump it and we are good. Wonder if the battery is bad and not holding a charge. I would take it in and get it tested. It is usually free.
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If it's that dead it needs a deep cycle charge. One that revitalizes the battery. You won't be able to simply jump a battery that goes completely dead. Get a real battery charger and hook it up over night on a recharge cycle. Low amp. If it's still good, it will bring it back to life. It might be toast though.


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If it's that dead it needs a deep cycle charge. One that revitalizes the battery. You won't be able to simply jump a battery that goes completely dead. Get a real battery charger and hook it up over night on a recharge cycle. Low amp. If it's still good, it will bring it back to life. It might be toast though.


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Also once it goes dead and you revive it, it wont last long before it dies again, SUDDENLY. Replace that battery.
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Just went to auto zone and found out that the battery is shot. This car is less than a year old so I am going to ford and demanding a replacement


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Just buy an optima and call it a day. Next time you get deployed you should put a trickle charger on it. I had one on my car when I was in the military. They even make solar powered ones. You can plug them into the power outlet inside the car and it will charge it.


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In the winter, i usually just disconnect my battery. Two winters so far and it's started up first try after reconnecting it in the spring. That may be a cheaper alternative next time yours goes into storage

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Just went to auto zone and found out that the battery is shot. This car is less than a year old so I am going to ford and demanding a replacement


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be nice...it ain't necessarily Fords fault. Batteries do not like not being used. The time away w/o a trickle charger is not good for it. At the minimum you need to disconnect it or somehow either put a tender on it or what I do is charge it for a few hrs 1x month (stored in winter)

while on subject I've seen enough complaints treat your terminals with dielectric grease or some other type of anti corrosion system
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