Battery dead?

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  1. DBSilverfox

    DBSilverfox Read Only Funster

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    Thanks to work I have been abroad for 4 of the last 5 weeks, and when I came to check the van this afternoon there was not even enough power in the battery to work the central locking! When I checked, the leisure battery was reading 12V, but the main vehicle battery was zero - nothing - not a flicker.

    Now I do have jump leads (when SWMBO gets back with the car), but is it likely the battery can recover from this or am I going to have to get a new one?

    :cry:

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    nothing lost by trying to charge it, and lets face it it may not have beeen flat long. Makes sure you top the fluid level up befor charging. However I would suspect the damage has already been done. with immobilisers and alarms and suchlike running a battery will only last 4-5 weeks at best without some form of charger. solar or mains trickle charger required.
     
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    good point, will check the fluid levels. Thanks wildman

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    Hi David

    What I normally do is leave on EHU at home but have a programmable time switch that will switch on for 12 hours once a week, this works fine for us as have never (touch wood) been caught out yet. As I used to be a service eng. and away from home for varying times , found this worked without me or the wife having to bother with it.

    Watch it now happen should not have said that.

    Dave .:thumb::thumb:
     
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    A similar thing happened to our Autoquest 100 a couple of years ago David and I used jump leads to get it going then ran the engine for a while to charge it up.

    I use a Tronic charger (Lidl version of one of the Ctek models) every so often during the colder months. I plug the hook-up into the van and then use one of the van sockets for the Tronic charger (which is attached to the vehicle battery by crocodile clips).
     
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    Thanks for the tip - but on the Autoquest I don't think you can charge the main battery from the EHU

    Now that sounds a plan Graham. Fingers crossed there is no permanent damage. Will find out in about an hour I hope...

    David
     
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    Have you checked the battery terminal connections?

    I have a similar problem occasionally and in my case it is caused by a loose terminal connection.

    Good luck

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    Correct :Smile:

    The Tronic will not charge the battery if it is absolutely flat (which is why, the one time, we had to use jump leads) but it works well otherwise.
     
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