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I miss the days when a weak battery would give you a few more starts and a couple days warning.

Batteries in these fancy cars these days just die.


Spent a little too long with GF this morning and so I was starting off late. Go out to car. dash lights up, ding, ding, but zero when I turn the key to start. Tried putting the top down and nothing too. At least the Germans made the car smart enough to know not enough juice to top all the way opened and leave you dead with a half opened top.

back inside, tell GF. She will be late now because she has to drive me to one of my properties where I keep my f250 (was planning on dealing w battery this evening).

Get there and realize i forgot keys to property on a key chain in my dead BMW. doh!

I tell her to leave because I can just wait for the car mechanic that rents space from me. Text him and he says he is on a road call. DOh doh!

Call self employed friend and he comes and gets me. Off to Walmart for Battery. Just figured I'm this late already might as well fix it. He drops me off at the car and continues on- he has an appointment.

open trunk, look in tool bag and I cant find my little socket set. doh doh doh

Old battery is nice and secure in the trunk (i like how the Germans do this) I bust my knuckles but get batteries swapped out with an old pair of adj pliers.

vroom vroom and I'm off. Late and 135$ poorer but rant over. thanks I feel better. Now where is my 3rd cup of coffee....
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Get yourself a waterproof battery tender at COSTCO for about $30 and mount it under the hood, hard wire it to the battery and plug it in when you don't use the car. Don't ask how I know.
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you guys are slipping -- need pic of girl friend --
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Two words, "jump pack". It's the best $40 I ever spent at Harbor Freight. Clamp it on, wait 5 minutes, then start it up and drive to get a new battery.
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Jumper cables?. Oh wait you drive a BMW
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i had a jump pack at one time. Never remembered to plug the sucker in...

If i had a charged one it would have been great. the challenge is the tiny space of a 3 series convertible trunk. After a subwoofer, tackle box, gym bag I'm about done.

If the worst thing I have to deal with today is a dead batt and a little running around I got it made
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you guys are slipping -- need pic of girl friend --

pic somewhere in the huge pic thread
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I'll jump in!

My wife's car battery died Tuesday. Like OP says, no warning, just dead.

Since it's only 2 years old and "guaranteed for life" I had planned to take it to the dealer after work. I get home and it's so dead, I can't jump start it using my truck.

AAA comes Wednesday morning, resets the system and jumps the car. Wife takes it to dealer. Dealer is so backed up with recalls that they tell her it will be 3 hours to change a bettery! She says that's too long, so they give her a loaner and ask if they can have until Monday?

So now, she is driving a $50k loaner and has to make a second trip to pick up her car because the dealer thought that was an easier solution than pulling a tech away for 5 minutes to swap out the battery.
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Next time:

#1) Girlfriend - Go back in and hit it again.

#2) Self employed friend - Drink away the rest of the day with.

Lemonade out of lemons homie.
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The problem with these cars are they batteries are too small in capacity for the on-board electronics. If you drive it daily chances are you'll have no problems. But if you leave it sit for a couple or few days then your battery goes dead.

My wife's car sits in the garage for days maybe weeks in the winter when the weather is nasty. Do yourselves a favor and just get a batty tender. They're small and you can zip tie it somewhere under the hood.

I've got dual 850CCA's in my truck and most times the drain on the batteries to start by both the glow plugs and the starter, especially in the winter, is not recovered in a short trip. I've even got a DC Power 185 alternator. I pug it in to the battery tender every night no matter what.

Cheap insurance.

Sorry guys, I'm not sharing any pics of my bride. And she's looking real good where she's at 1/2 way around the globe right now
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So explain to me what I'm missing here...........

Why didn't you just have the girlfriend jump your car with hers at the very beginning instead of having her drive you to get the 250?

Why isn't the story like this?.......
I got up. Tried to start my car. Battery was dead. Went inside and got my girlfriend's keys and used her car to jump my car. End of story??
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
So explain to me what I'm missing here...........

Why didn't you just have the girlfriend jump your car with hers at the very beginning instead of having her drive you to get the 250?

Why isn't the story like this?.......
I got up. Tried to start my car. Battery was dead. Went inside and got my girlfriend's keys and used her car to jump my car. End of story??
This man has a point.
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I have nothing to add other than a crazy story about jumping an automotive battery:

I went with a buddy of mine to look at an old beater truck that he was going to buy for his hunting property. We get to the house of the guy selling the truck and walk out back to look at the truck. My buddy climbs in to start it, and the seller says that the battery is dead and he will be right back. A minute or two later, he comes out of his barn carrying the same make/model of battery that is dead in the truck.
My assumption at this point is that he is going to swap the batteries.
My assumption was incorrect.
He flips the good battery upside down and sets it on top of the dead battery so that the posts are touching. He tells my buddy to turn it over, and the truck starts right up.
I live in Minnesota, where freezing weather, dead batteries, and jumper cables are a part of every day life, but I have never seen anybody do that. Probably because it's a good way to have two batteries blow up in your face.
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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post
Two words, "jump pack". It's the best $40 I ever spent at Harbor Freight. Clamp it on, wait 5 minutes, then start it up and drive to get a new battery.


Got one from the son-in-law for Christmas. Only used it once (on the lawn tractor), but fantastic.
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I have nothing to add other than a crazy story about jumping an automotive battery:

I went with a buddy of mine to look at an old beater truck that he was going to buy for his hunting property. We get to the house of the guy selling the truck and walk out back to look at the truck. My buddy climbs in to start it, and the seller says that the battery is dead and he will be right back. A minute or two later, he comes out of his barn carrying the same make/model of battery that is dead in the truck.
My assumption at this point is that he is going to swap the batteries.
My assumption was incorrect.
He flips the good battery upside down and sets it on top of the dead battery so that the posts are touching. He tells my buddy to turn it over, and the truck starts right up.
I live in Minnesota, where freezing weather, dead batteries, and jumper cables are a part of every day life, but I have never seen anybody do that. Probably because it's a good way to have two batteries blow up in your face.
Probably!

I hope it was an AGM or at least maintenance free that wouldn't dribble electrolyte and leave plates of inverted battery partially uncovered. I would never invert a lead-acid that isn't gel or AGM.
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So you got laid, worked on your car a little and had a short Friday. What am I missing?
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
I miss the days when a weak battery would give you a few more starts and a couple days warning.

Batteries in these fancy cars these days just die.


Spent a little too long with GF this morning and so I was starting off late. Go out to car. dash lights up, ding, ding, but zero when I turn the key to start. Tried putting the top down and nothing too. At least the Germans made the car smart enough to know not enough juice to top all the way opened and leave you dead with a half opened top.

back inside, tell GF. She will be late now because she has to drive me to one of my properties where I keep my f250 (was planning on dealing w battery this evening).

Get there and realize i forgot keys to property on a key chain in my dead BMW. doh!

I tell her to leave because I can just wait for the car mechanic that rents space from me. Text him and he says he is on a road call. DOh doh!

Call self employed friend and he comes and gets me. Off to Walmart for Battery. Just figured I'm this late already might as well fix it. He drops me off at the car and continues on- he has an appointment.

open trunk, look in tool bag and I cant find my little socket set. doh doh doh

Old battery is nice and secure in the trunk (i like how the Germans do this) I bust my knuckles but get batteries swapped out with an old pair of adj pliers.

vroom vroom and I'm off. Late and 135$ poorer but rant over. thanks I feel better. Now where is my 3rd cup of coffee....
Isn't that what the girlfriends for ;?
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get AAA there will be there in 15min in most areas
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get AAA there will be there in 15min in most areas
Man I want to live where you do. When I call AAA the best I get is an hour, the usual is 90 min. to two hours. Unfortunately they aren't lying about it.
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Originally Posted by txj33p View Post
Man I want to live where you do. When I call AAA the best I get is an hour, the usual is 90 min. to two hours. Unfortunately they aren't lying about it.
But all the told experience he would still be a head of the game!

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