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post #16 of 29 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 19, 9:53 PM
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Re: Not a Fun Chevelle Day

I have 4 cars and I do not drive that much. I used to spend a fortune on batteries. About 7 years ago, I setup 2 double deltran trickle chargers with extensions into each car bay. Every time I finish with a car, I add the trickle charger back on. I have not bought a battery since I set this up. It really has saved me a lot of money. I highly recommend it.

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post #17 of 29 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 19, 11:48 AM
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Batteries are the bane of my existence. The riding lawn mower, wife's car, my Excursion, etc. If I don't drive it everyday it seems to go bad.
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I just recently walked out to find my Monte Carlo with a dead battery with no real explanation as to why. Took it to work and hooked it up to our really fancy battery charger/analyzer/ thing and force it to charge. Let it sit overnight, came back to it the next morning and the machine basically said it was junk and to throw it away. i have never had a battery just go bad and discharge itself like that. Good news is, it happened at my house, and now the car starts amazingly fast. 3 vehicles, 2 quads, and a golf cart, and i easily do one battery a year.
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This just happened to me a few months ago.

Battery perfectly fine one day. Next day - *poof* dead. Charged it up, within a day it drew itself back down. I thought I had a parasitic leak or something. Nope, battery was just toast and needed to be replaced.

Granted, it was 8 years old, but yeah, just died pretty much instantly.

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I just recently walked out to find my Monte Carlo with a dead battery with no real explanation as to why. Took it to work and hooked it up to our really fancy battery charger/analyzer/ thing and force it to charge. Let it sit overnight, came back to it the next morning and the machine basically said it was junk and to throw it away. i have never had a battery just go bad and discharge itself like that. Good news is, it happened at my house, and now the car starts amazingly fast. 3 vehicles, 2 quads, and a golf cart, and i easily do one battery a year.

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post #20 of 29 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 19, 1:07 PM
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As bad as it is when one of my cars won't start, it's worse when it's my wife's Impala.
So... whenever one of the cars needs a battery, I get a new one for her car and move
her old one to whichever wagon needs it. I only remember her car being towed once,
when the heater hose elbows exploded. Limiting her car-induced drama: priceless.
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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 19, 10:14 PM
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And to make things even worse now that Obama has closed all of the lead mines a cheapo Walmart battery is $140 bucks!

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Chevelle ran great this week with its new battery!

Went to work, drove to the parts store. It seems happy again!

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As bad as it is when one of my cars won't start, it's worse when it's my wife's Impala.
So... whenever one of the cars needs a battery, I get a new one for her car and move
her old one to whichever wagon needs it. I only remember her car being towed once,
when the heater hose elbows exploded. Limiting her car-induced drama: priceless.
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Seems I just buy a new battery every 5 years and avoid all the breakdowns and trickle chargers which I do not trust. When I'm finished for the day with the 66, I always remove the positive battery cable. I sleep better.
I think like you but have a battery disconnect on the negative post of the Chevelle battery.

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I think like you but have a battery disconnect on the negative post of the Chevelle battery.
Wonder which is better to disconnect, pos or neg? Is there any rhyme or reason as to which one?

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Wonder which is better to disconnect, pos or neg? Is there any rhyme or reason as to which one?
I disconnect my battery manually when the car will sit for awhile and always disconnect the ground. No arc if I bump the sheetmetal. Not sure if there are technical reasons one way or another, it just seems safer.

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I'm not sure why but solar power is way better for the life of a battery I use them for my camper and tractors I have panels on the top of the barn that runs down the wall to several clamps that I hook up to whatever is sitting.
I commonly get about 8 years from batteries on the solar panels.

On my Chevelle and motorcycles, I do like car lots do and run them long enough to get to temp once a week because I may use any one of them.

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Wonder which is better to disconnect, pos or neg? Is there any rhyme or reason as to which one?
Every instruction I've seen says to disconnect negative. I've read one reason is that it supposedly doesn't make a spark. I'm not sure if that's always true if there's any load on it.

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Electrons flow from negative to positive the negative connection is the source and the positive is the destination.

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