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Old 06 Apr 2013, 07:09 pm
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Default Why would a battery die?

I got my PT a few weeks ago as many of you know.

All has been good until Friday morning. Thursday we had a surprise storm that gave us a ton of snow very quickly. Anyway I got the car home before the roads got too bad, but did have a lot of snow piled up on it.

Friday, I went to start it and the two week old battery was dead.

The lights weren't left on. As far as I can tell the doors and hatch weren't left open. So I'm trying to think about what else could have killed the batter.

Anyone have any ideas? The only other thing I can think of is the alternator isn't working right, but the Ultra Gauge didn't give me any warnings. So I'm open to ideas as I'd like to fix whatever caused the batter to die if there is a problem.
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 07:23 pm
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Default Re: Why would a battery die?

Do you have fog lights? The Multi-function switch on the steering column which controls the head lights, turn signals and fog lights has failed for thousands of owners and caused a dead battery. When the switch fails, the fog lights usually stay on and drain the battery.
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 08:31 pm
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Default Re: Why would a battery die?

He has stated in prior posts that he has a base PT, so I would assume no fog lights
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 08:39 pm
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Yes, I'm sure there are no fog lights as Busa said, it's a base PT so unless they were an option and I didn't notice them, I'm pretty sure there are none on the car. But thanks for the thought as it never hurts to check for such things. It's also why I'm asking as I can't think of what could have caused it. I'm sure it'll be something silly like this as batteries just don't work fine then die
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 08:57 pm
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Default Re: Why would a battery die?

A borderline battery can go down with a cold snap. You mentioned it had gotten cold enough to snow. I lived in that neck of the woods for years and even this time of the year it can get pretty cold. if your battery takes a charge and it holds at 13 V when the amp is rotating cher-che le ground or it'll go down again. Have one of the auto parts stores check the battery. Their check usually shows battery quality and system grounds. Sometimes a car's battery that's sat on a lot for awhile will do this until it recharges fully. So if you don't have one get yourself a simple battery charger. Some of them even work through the cigerette lighter now. good luck, ptprice
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 09:07 pm
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Default Re: Why would a battery die?

As was said, cold snaps kills batteries. Hot snaps do as well, actually. Any dramatic temperature variance can kill a battery. With almost 15 years of automotive under my belt I can tell you that the first really cold day and first really hot day there will be massive demand for batteries.

Also check the date of manufacture. Just because you got it two weeks ago doesn't mean it wasn't made two years ago.
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 10:45 pm
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As was said, cold snaps kills batteries. Hot snaps do as well, actually. Any dramatic temperature variance can kill a battery. With almost 15 years of automotive under my belt I can tell you that the first really cold day and first really hot day there will be massive demand for batteries.

Also check the date of manufacture. Just because you got it two weeks ago doesn't mean it wasn't made two years ago.
Thanks. Well I'm going to have to take it back. I'm not sure what the deal is but it looks like it had something go wrong as it looks like it puked acid or something. I only looked briefly but it didn't look good.
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Old 07 Apr 2013, 08:21 pm
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hey Hokie,

can you post us a picture of your ride?

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Old 07 Apr 2013, 09:07 pm
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Have the alternator tested. If that died during your drive home, and it was just sucking from the battery for power, Than the cold snap could have drained what was left in it. Leaving you with a dead battery.
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Old 08 Apr 2013, 05:03 pm
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Another fellow Hokie checking in!

Yea that storm caught me off guard too. I volunteer at the Free Clinic in Christiansburg and almost got stuck out there.

Anyway, have you tried giving it a jump start and taking it to Autozone to test it out? They will test out the alternator too while you are there and then you can go from there.
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