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Old 12-16-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default hopefully just a battery, need a legacy diagnosis

My fiancee has a 2000 legacy gt. It has a little over 100,000 miles. ANyways the car drives just fine (minus the bad cv boot).

Anyways up here in Washington State, its been 20 degrees all week and getting colder. So here is the story for yesterday

I took my car to Les Schwab for a tire alignment. She picked me up and we went shopping, went to eat, etc.

Then she dropped me off @ Les Schwab, she went to get gas, I left there and went home

She calls me 10 min later and says my car wont start. I said Ill be right there and get down there.

When I get down there, her car seems like its going to start but then shuts off. The clock was off but the light door indicator was on so I pretty much had a feeling it had to be the battery.

I hooked up the jumper cables to her car and it fired right up. After leaving there, we both drove to blockbuster and afterwards, her car started up just fine.

Later in the night about 4+ hours later, I started her car up to check and it fired up just fine. Also she left the house at 5:15am this mourning and it started up fine she said

Was this just a fluke or is there something more going on either with the car or battery?


Thanks for your input and quick diagnosis.
-Daniel
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:00 AM   #2
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your battery could be on its way out, run it to advance / auto zone and they can check the battery in car, plus have them check the altenator while they're in there.

not the most accurate but helpful
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:42 AM   #3
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your battery could be on its way out, run it to advance / auto zone and they can check the battery in car, plus have them check the altenator while they're in there.

not the most accurate but helpful
+1.

If the battery is over 4 years old and possibly giving trouble, it may be time to replace it.

Have you checked the water in the battery recently? If it's low, refill with distilled water (I use the drain off from my dehumidifier in the basement, filtered of course).
The battery could be getting weak, and she left a dome light on while shopping. That could be enough to drain it down.

You can check your own battery/charging system with a DC voltmeter.

Car off overnight, battery should be ~12.8+ volts DC.
Engine running low/mid idle, battery should be ~13.4+ volts DC.
Engine running high idle (2500RPM+) the battery should be ~13.6+ volts DC.

BTW, I was in Lynnwood for business the other week. Sorta on the SW side of town on rt 99. Also stopped at a site in Bothell while out there.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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+1.

If the battery is over 4 years old and possibly giving trouble, it may be time to replace it.

Have you checked the water in the battery recently? If it's low, refill with distilled water (I use the drain off from my dehumidifier in the basement, filtered of course).
The battery could be getting weak, and she left a dome light on while shopping. That could be enough to drain it down.

You can check your own battery/charging system with a DC voltmeter.

Car off overnight, battery should be ~12.8+ volts DC.
Engine running low/mid idle, battery should be ~13.4+ volts DC.
Engine running high idle (2500RPM+) the battery should be ~13.6+ volts DC.

BTW, I was in Lynnwood for business the other week. Sorta on the SW side of town on rt 99. Also stopped at a site in Bothell while out there.
Cools
Lynnwood is pretty nice. Its a wee bit cold this week. Low 20's all week and gonna snow tomorrow and thursday. Thats pretty rare for Wa state.


Thanks for your help guys.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:04 PM   #5
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Lynnwood is pretty nice. Its a wee bit cold this week. Low 20's all week and gonna snow tomorrow and thursday. Thats pretty rare for Wa state.


Thanks for your help guys.
Soooo.....what happened?? Was it the battery or something else.
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