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Old 01-09-2005, 03:46 AM   #1
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hi, I left my WRX in garage for 2 weeks during the holiday and the battery dies when i came back. i jump start it and drive for half an hour, i was able to restart it but it died again the other day. It looks like the fluid level inside the battery is low, should add water to it? how? or should i just get a new battery?

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Old 01-09-2005, 07:40 AM   #2
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You want to put in distilled water.
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:06 AM   #3
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If you don't have access to conc sulphuric acid, put distilled water in it.
Then you want to charge the battery back up and then get it tested.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:04 AM   #4
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Its time for a new battery..go for a red top optima. You got almost 4 years out of that battery. Id be happy with that. I just replaced my 4 month old oem battery for a Optima. I was having cold start issues.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:22 AM   #5
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Get a new battery.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:30 AM   #6
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Aren't the factory batteries maintenance free anyhoo? Mine died after a two week vacation also and I replaced it with an Optima as well.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:35 AM   #7
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Aren't the factory batteries maintenance free anyhoo?
No, they are not. Maybe that's why so many die. People aren't used to taking care of them.
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Old 01-09-2005, 02:41 PM   #8
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thanks, i guess i will try distilled water first and if it doesnt work i will get a optima.

thanks guys, at least i know i'm not the only one having trouble with the battery. my wife's camry's battery lasted 5years with no problem....
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Old 01-09-2005, 03:41 PM   #9
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Mine did the same thing (died) except it was overnight. (too cold for it). I have since re-filled it w/ distilled, and it starts like a champ.

But I will get an optima when funding presents itself.
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Old 01-09-2005, 03:42 PM   #10
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you should charge it fully with a battery charger too, not only will your alternator struggle to charge a dead battery, but if the battery's no good it could damage the alternator. Subaru batteries are maintence batterys, so adding water is fine, as was said earlier.

check out the new optima 51r, only 26 lbs. I will be getting one of these soon.
http://lib1.store.vip.sc5.yahoo.com/...opcopo51r.html
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Old 01-09-2005, 03:44 PM   #11
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If you're planning to keep (or at least try to rejuvenate) the OEM battery, go to the parts store and buy a battery tester (hydrometer), they are cheap. You can then use it to check the state of charge in the individual cells at any time, and especially while charging to see if the battery is taking a charge. You can also tell if any individual cells are weak or NG.
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Old 01-09-2005, 10:51 PM   #12
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so, can anybody recommend a good battery charger for me please?
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:12 PM   #13
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...no....a new battery would be about the same price and you really do need a new battey....if a battery won't hold a charge, like yours didn't....it's toast.....buy a new battery.
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Get a new battery. Possibly even a braille lightweight battery since here in california we don't get snow (except for the mountains).

Maintenance free is a misnomer. It should be "reduced maintenance" instead. Just add distilled water every month or so and you'll be fine.
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Old 01-10-2005, 12:17 AM   #15
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those batteries are nice, but they are quite expansive.... is there a good one cost ~70? how much does a regular battery for WRX cost?

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Old 01-10-2005, 12:44 AM   #16
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if you're on a bodget, you have to decide whether you want to spend 20 to 50$ on an entry level charger, or just buy a battery. the cheaper (less amps) charger you buy the longer it takes to charge a battery. If you buy the 1.5 amp trickle (usually the cheapie) it will take overnight at least. 5 to 10 amps is good for a home charger. btw that is sustained charge, not jump start which is usually about 50 amps on a 5 to 10 amp charger. In the end you may just find out your battery is no good.

If there is a junkyard in your area they usually have nice low-mile batteries for $20 or less.
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Old 01-10-2005, 02:11 AM   #17
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(manual says 10 amps or less for charging, just some FYI)
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