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Old 02-13-2007, 04:49 AM   #1
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CN: Car battery died for no reason. There were no electrical loads when I started the car (except the headlights, which turn off when the car turns off. ) No door lights on or anything like that. I have no idea how the battery died. Any ideas? The more dramatic story lies below.

I went out to my car this evening. I had just finished doing some econ homework and I was giving this girl who was helping me a ride back to her apartment because the buses stopped running. I get off the parking garage elevator and hit the remote. Nothing happens. No biggie, I thought, as the remote occasionally gets sparatic. I tell the girl "Hmm, I think the remote broke." She remarks that she hopes it'll start. I assure her it will. So I manually put the key in and open the door and hit the power locks on the inside of the car. Nothing. I reach over and unlock her door. I'm a little worried now. I turn the key, no dice. Pop the hood, connections look fine.

I call my buddy and he's had a few so he tells me I can drive his car (325is). We walk over to his place and meet him then walk to the parking lot. (Probably 2 miles of walking in total.) I'm a little rusty with stick so my driving was slow and methodical as my buddy berated me for not being aggressive enough. Anyways, we jump my car, starts with no issues. Then I let the girl drive my car and follow us while we take my friend's car back to the parking lot. She was this short asian girl who could barely touch the pedals. I was really nervous but I didn't have much of a choice. She did fine. I got back in my car and gave my buddy a ride back to his dorm. Then I gave the girl a ride to her apartment while receiving road head, and I returned to post on OT.

Ok, so I didn't actually get road head, but I thought it made the story better.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:52 AM   #2
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My remote is sporadic too. Sometimes it works from 200 yards away, sometimes it wont work when im right next to the car. Yay Subaru.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:52 AM   #3
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That's kinda how the battery went on my WRX, all of a sudden. Although I did not recieve road head afterwards. At least the night ended well.
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:25 AM   #4
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CN: Car battery died for no reason. There were no electrical loads when I started the car (except the headlights, which turn off when the car turns off. ) No door lights on or anything like that. I have no idea how the battery died. Any ideas? The more dramatic story lies below.

I went out to my car this evening. I had just finished doing some econ homework and I was giving this girl who was helping me a ride back to her apartment because the buses stopped running. I get off the parking garage elevator and hit the remote. Nothing happens. No biggie, I thought, as the remote occasionally gets sparatic. I tell the girl "Hmm, I think the remote broke." She remarks that she hopes it'll start. I assure her it will. So I manually put the key in and open the door and hit the power locks on the inside of the car. Nothing. I reach over and unlock her door. I'm a little worried now. I turn the key, no dice. Pop the hood, connections look fine.

I call my buddy and he's had a few so he tells me I can drive his car (325is). We walk over to his place and meet him then walk to the parking lot. (Probably 2 miles of walking in total.) I'm a little rusty with stick so my driving was slow and methodical as my buddy berated me for not being aggressive enough. Anyways, we jump my car, starts with no issues. Then I let the girl drive my car and follow us while we take my friend's car back to the parking lot. She was this short asian girl who could barely touch the pedals. I was really nervous but I didn't have much of a choice. She did fine. I got back in my car and gave my buddy a ride back to his dorm. Then I gave the girl a ride to her apartment while receiving road head, and I returned to post on OT.

I believed you, until the part in bold...
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:17 AM   #5
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Make sure the cables are firmly clamped to the battery terminals. If you can move them at all, corrosion and get in between and prevent good contact.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:09 AM   #6
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Have you tried fixing your problem?

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:33 AM   #7
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:34 AM   #8
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Also make sure that her mouf is clamped directly on your harbls.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:55 AM   #9
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Have you tried replacing the crappy stock battery with one that doesn't huff dong? (unlike your short asian lady friend who apparently does)
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:15 AM   #10
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Have you tried fixing your problem?

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Crap, soda up nose.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:27 AM   #11
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Speaking of.....now my passenger door seems to be ajar. Everytime you take a turn or someone pushes against it the door light and dome light come on. Piece of monkey ****!
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:28 AM   #12
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Speaking of.....now my passenger door seems to be ajar. Everytime you take a turn or someone pushes against it the door light and dome light come on. Piece of monkey ****!
Seriously... have you tried closing it?
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:30 AM   #13
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Seriously... have you tried closing it?
On your head? No. Let's do.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:32 AM   #14
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On your head? No. Let's do.
Just mash the go pedal and laugh as all the warning lights come on!

It always fixes things!
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:35 AM   #15
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Just mash the go pedal and laugh as all the warning lights come on!

It always fixes things!

Seems to work for my tv remote. What the hell!
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:08 PM   #16
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I believed you, until the part in bold...
Judging by the responses, I think a number of people believed that line.

Anyways, some of my friends have theorized that it died because it has been single digit temps for the past week or so. Still, the battery was replaced in the summer after I had an accident. This hasn't happened to me with any car before.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:16 PM   #17
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Uhhh, you forgot something in your story.

: points to the $5 on the ground :
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:16 PM   #18
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Have you tried fixing your problem?

Hope this helps!
Why should he do that???!

If you whine enough on OT about petty automobile maintenance, some patsy will drop by your house and "fix" your car for free.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:22 PM   #19
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If you read the post you would have realized that I got a jump and it worked fine. Hence the contacts on the battery are fine. I'm hoping it starts tomorrow though.
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Uh...

Logic?

Because a jump worked, the terminals must be fine?

Error.
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Uh...

Logic?

Because a jump worked, the terminals must be fine?

Error.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:54 PM   #22
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The OEM battery in my WRX lasted a whole 6 months before it needed to be replaced.

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Old 02-13-2007, 05:00 PM   #23
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The OEM battery in my WRX lasted a whole 6 months before it needed to be replaced.

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I think the OEM battery in my WRX lasted 3 years or so. The OEM battery in my wife's Mitsubishi, OTOH, I just had to replace last month. It was 6 years old and the sides had started bulging. And, even at that, I'm not even sure that's what the problem was. I went to loosen the neg battery terminal and the backing of the bolt crumbled into dust. Oops! So, I replaced the battery and neg. battery cable and greased the **** out of everything with dielectric grease, then sprayed that red contact protectant **** all over that. Now that is trying!
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:01 PM   #24
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My stock STi battery is still ticking, 3 years and 2 months after purchase *knock on wood*.
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The OEM battery in my WRX lasted a whole 6 months before it needed to be replaced.

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