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Old 10-10-2017, 04:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like a lesson learned. Time for a new battery and alternator.

These things are avoidable, if you pay attention to the signs and give your car the attention it needs.

The only battery I've had to replace in a running car was in my first car a good 20 years ago, when I was a teenager and still new to cars. It was having a hard time cranking over the engine, ran a bit rough and killed the fuel mileage. A cell had died in the battery. Still started and ran with just 10v on it, thankfully. The signs were there, I was just too new to cars and engines to recognize the signs.

And, yes, if you smell sulfur/rotten eggs, check your battery. I smell it at work when someone over-charges a battery on our lift equipment, and I've smelled it when a charger wouldn't shut off on my first electric bike and cooked the battery. Fun stuff.
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