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Old 05-18-2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Welp...towing to ford!

Okay so I was cleaning and waxing my car today and listening to some music for about an hour give or take, and it shut off and I was like okay.. I tried to turn it back on but it just had clicking noises and wouldn't turn on still. I tried to jump it with the SUV but didn't work. I've owned this car for a week..any solutions or known problems like this? Thanks Click image for larger version

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killed the battery

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test the alternator and test the battery
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Was the car running or was the key on accessory?
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Was the car running or was the key on accessory?

Key was on accessory, was on for like 1 hour or so..
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Key was on accessory, was on for like 1 hour or so..

It is just the battery as stated. You killed it. If you are lucky, ford may replace it under warranty. If not, $ 100 bucks or so and a lesson learned.


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It is just the battery as stated. You killed it. If you are lucky, ford may replace it under warranty. If not, $ 100 bucks or so and a lesson learned.


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A hour in accessory killed the battery?
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Yes, the battery doesn't last long when the alternator or a battery tender isn't keeping a charge on it.

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A hour in accessory killed the battery?
Batteries are not meant for long drain periods. It probably did not have a full charge. Even with a full charge, all of the items that are active when in the accessory position, give a battery a lot to do.
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Yes, the battery doesn't last long when the alternator or a battery tender isn't keeping a charge on it.

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Ahh man! So whats recommended to play music while cleaning the car, keeping it running or no music at all?
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Keep it running, I guess. But that's odd. I've had my music playing for several hours while I'm working on my car and never had a dead battery. Maybe it's a defective battery or you were pulling a lot of wattage blasting your music really loud? I don't blast my music, I have just loud enough to not annoy my neighbors.
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Keep it running, I guess. But that's odd. I've had my music playing for several hours while I'm working on my car and never had a dead battery. Maybe it's a defective battery or you were pulling a lot of wattage blasting your music really loud? I don't blast my music, I have just loud enough to not annoy my neighbors.

Nah man it was in my garage it wasn't that loud ...
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Ahh man! So whats recommended to play music while cleaning the car, keeping it running or no music at all?
They have these things called radios (Boom Boxes for the younger crowd) They work on batteries or electricity. You can buy them at your local Wal-Mart. Much cheaper than buying a new battery.
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They have these things called radios (Boom Boxes for the younger crowd) They work on batteries or electricity. You can buy them at your local Wal-Mart. Much cheaper than buying a new battery.

So I ask for a radio? Or is that just a acronym for the thing? My grandpas grandpa had one of those
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One night I came home and left the key in the ignition in the on position. I was having an argument with my gf at the time. It triggered some weird flashing of emergency lights and headlights. It drained my battery.

Has anyone experienced this? This is the most useless feature IMO. It was parked in my garage so it was safe. If it was parked outside and the lights flashed on and off it would only serve to alert potential thieves who know about this feature to the fact that the key is in the ignition. And by chance it didnt get stolen then the result is a drained battery.

And since it was parked in the garage it just sat there half the night blinking away. At least if it had the horns honking away in addition to the lights I would be notified.

Oh well lesson learned.
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That's odd? Did you buy the car new? Could it be some kind of aftermarket system?
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This looks like a radio, but it's Bluetooth, rechargeable, and sounds awesome. Amazon.com : Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III : MP3 Players & Accessories
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Curious . . . How does this "kill" the battery versus draining it and then being able to jump start it and recharge the battery from normal car operation? I've left lights on overnight and woken up to a dead battery that can be jumped and brought back to life.

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OP,did you try to charge the battery (not jump) before you had it towed off? You could have saved yourself a ton of money.
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OP,did you try to charge the battery (not jump) before you had it towed off? You could have saved yourself a ton of money.

Nah was gonna tow It like at 5pm today but I'll charge first. I was gonna inspect other things and get a 100 point inspection done since it's under warranty
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Nah was gonna tow It like at 5pm today but I'll charge first. I was gonna inspect other things and get a 100 point inspection done since it's under warranty
Always do the small things first. Could have just drained the battery and needs a charge.
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I just use my phone for listening to music. put on Pandora and listen away.
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Curious . . . How does this "kill" the battery versus draining it and then being able to jump start it and recharge the battery from normal car operation? I've left lights on overnight and woken up to a dead battery that can be jumped and brought back to life.

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Once most car batteries are drained below a certain point they are no longer usable. It is just a property of car batteries. The battery you were able to jump and brought back to life was either higher quality (maybe a deep cycle) or the car you had it in had some sort of battery protection feature where it will drain past its usable state, but not far enough where it kills it completely.
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Are you sure you didn't have it switched to ON? Certainly sounds like that is the case here.
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is it automatic? if not just pop the clutch get it running, let it run for a while. shut it off see if it starts, doesn't start then go buy your self a new battery and get a radio in the garage!!!
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They have these things called radios (Boom Boxes for the younger crowd)
LOL

Like DDTCM says, put it on a charger for a bit before you tow it. No need in calling a tow truck for a car with a dead battery! Newer cars are not like old cars. We used to be able to power our stereo's direct and play them for hours using our cars as stereo systems. Now there are too many modules and a computer that all run when your in the acc position or especially if you have the car in the "on" position.
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I'd be willing to bet its the battery. Batteries are notorious for failing at the start of a new season cold and hot.
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