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Old 22nd February 2017, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery dead - will this work?

Went out for a v short drive this afternoon and not 3 hours later tracker called me to say battery disconnected. Went outside and sure enough its dead. Must have left the wipers on or lights...

Anyways. Halfords was still open so took the Mrs car and bought a new battery as plan B, plan a is to use a charger also just bought from Halfords. However, the highest charger they had is rated as limited to 3l engine BUT says its OK up to 60ah battery.

The new battery I bought says it's rated 48ah - so assuming this is right then surely the charger I've got will be sufficient?? I admit I'm fairly novice with electrics so input welcome.

So, will this work or will I be needing the AA to be replacing the battery while I'm at work tomorrow?

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Are you talking about charging (removing the battery) or jump starting?

If charging and if it's a normal car battery (i.e. not a AGM / deep cycle) battery, it will work fine.

Engine size would only be relevant if jump starting, not charging (the OEM GTR battery is the same as a Micra and the engine in that is considerably smaller than 3L) - though a 3L jump pack may still work with a GTR with only a slightly diminished battery even with the extra 0.8L.
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Sounds like the charger is also a booster . I had one from Halfords you could jump start the car with as well as just charge it up
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Why did you buy a new battery without testing the old one? Go get a Ctek charger and whack that on overnight and car will be good as new the next day.
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Why did you buy a new battery without testing the old one? Go get a Ctek charger and whack that on overnight and car will be good as new the next day.
Was just a logistics calculation. It's easier for me to get two things I and return the one I don't need them it's to buy one, find it doesn't work and have to go buy another.

Ironically got it going using neither of the above. Used my old jump pack. Only rated up to 2l cars but started it just fine..

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Went out for a v short drive this afternoon and not 3 hours later tracker called me to say battery disconnected. Went outside and sure enough its dead. Must have left the wipers on or lights...


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As Mook says, you need to know if the battery is old and toast, or whether you actually left the lights on and drained it (you can't leave the wipers on). It's actually quite difficult to leave the sidelights on, but you can tell wether you did by the stalk position not being at off or auto. The interior lights would switch themselves off after a short period.
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I once used a jump leads recommended for cars upto 2L on my cls55 (5.4L V8) as I was desperate and it worked... battery has been fine ever since.
Although I'd recommend Ctek overnight and you'll be fine.
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For anyone interested, used the Halfords smart charger and its worked a treat. After doing a fair bit of Google research it's as I suspected, charging a battery has nothing to do with the size of the engine but the size / capacity of the battery.

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