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Old 9th April 2007, 16:29   #16
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Switch on the ignition,
switch on lights, full beam,
switch on flasher,
put on the ice,
put your car in reverse so that the reverse lights (and/or reverse horn if u have one of the things) come on,
push the brakes for brake lights,
crank the engine,
if it protests, uve got a problem
on a serious note, if theres a slight hesitation from your engine whilst starting even without undergoing any of the the above steps, check battery for acid levels.
and yes please ensure your left foot stays on the clutch and the right on the brake.
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All these are fine, but how long a battery lasts with normal use?
Typically about 3 to 4 yrs for OE batteries, though it depends on a lot of factors like usage, condition of the alternator/electricals etc. The OE battery on my City lasted almost 4 years (the last 4 months with heavy ICE usage) and I changed it as a precautionary measure.

The only tell tale sign was with the cold start when I had to crank a little bit longer (say, like 1-1.5 secs earlier, compared to an instantaneous start with the new battery).
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easiest check, switch on headlights and crank, if the lights go completely dim, all is not well
But is that a dangerous check since short circuiting can easily occur esp. in the case of older vehicles ?

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no problem in cranking if car is left idle for a day but problem seen if car is left idle for say 2 or 3 days or more
Your advice may work on the newer breed of MPFI vehicles, BUT that may not be the case with carb vehicles since they are known to have problem with respect to starting other than w.r.t battery !!!
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Old 11th April 2007, 10:44   #19
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The battery on my Maruti cars lasted lower. Perhaps the cheaper the car and the more green the buyer, the lower they cost. For me:

Maruti 800: first car, bought in Sep 95, battery conked out in Mar 07 after 30K on odo.
Zen: bought in Apr 99, battery conked out in Feb 02 after 31 K on the odo.
Corsa 1.4: bought in Oct 03, battery replaced in Jan 07 as a precaution (`experts' indicated terminal disease and warned of passing away within the next 1-2 mths)
Corolla AT: bought in Mar 07, no signs of conking out as of now.
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The battery on my Maruti cars lasted lower. Perhaps the cheaper the car and the more green the buyer, the lower they cost. For me:

Maruti 800: first car, bought in Sep 95, battery conked out in Mar 07 after 30K on odo.
Zen: bought in Apr 99, battery conked out in Feb 02 after 31 K on the odo.
Corsa 1.4: bought in Oct 03, battery replaced in Jan 07 as a precaution (`experts' indicated terminal disease and warned of passing away within the next 1-2 mths)
Corolla AT: bought in Mar 07, no signs of conking out as of now.
To add to your list:

Wagon-R July2002 - still going strong
VersaDX Dec2003 - still going strong
Alto Lxi - Sep 2003 - still going strong

I believe the MPFI car batteries last longer as they start easier.Also as a rule,new car batteries last longer as the wiring,alternator are all new.With time,the conductivity in wires drops,leading to alternator working harder.Also accessories' wired irresponsibly can also cause significant reduction in battery life.
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@mithun: See i believe old or new, electrical should be pukka, coz of the simple reason that you can loose the car and is a danger to life due to fire, so first and foremost check electricals are fine then go for a battery check
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Wondering ifs it is so difficult for car manufactures to implement battery health meter on dash ( like one seen on cameras)
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here in US they give out a graphical result (on paper) of motor test (test was free), and mine was pretty bad.
Vivek,Can u elaborate on this??
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Vivek,Can u elaborate on this??
Not much, because all I got was a piece of graph paper, and I don't have it with me anymore. They told me that AMP reading on the motor while on load was not looking healthy. probably some burnt coils.

from my electrical knowledege, it could also be a failure in roating parts causing back emf and irregular AMP output. anyway,I changed the starter and all problems went away. (fixing it any other way would have costed much more )

here is a link that discusses similar test results.
Eastman Chemical Company Motor Analysis
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I bought an i10 about 4 months back, and I am facing an issue.

The car usually starts in a single ignition but sometimes (1 out of 5 time) it requires 2 to 3 times cranking. This I have faced on multiple occasions even when the car was running, I stopped on red light and it showed the problem again.

Does this indicate a battery issue or any other problem??
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I believe the MPFI car batteries last longer as they start easier. Also as a rule,new car batteries last longer as the wiring,alternator are all new.With time,the conductivity in wires drops,leading to alternator working harder.
Possibly it is true. The original battery in my car (MPFI-Indigo Petrol) has now lasted for six years and is still going strong. Just last month I had an alternator problem and took the car to a car electrician after both headlights of my car got fused on NH2 due to overcharging. After checking the specific gravity I was suggested that I need not to replace the battery.
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Hi Guys,

A simple rule of thumb to check the battery using multimeter-

1. When the ignition is switched off, using a DC multimeter, check if the battery is delivering 12 volts.

2. Keep the multimeter in position and ask someone to crank up the engine. During cranking, the voltage should drop to 10 volts indicating that 2V is required to crank up the engine.

3. Once the engine is on, the multimeter should display 14 volts indicating that the battery is getting charged by the alternator.

If the voltage drops to below 10 volts during cranking up, or voltage doesn't ramp up to 14 volts that means the battery is getting loaded and needs replacement.


Hope this is helpful.



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...indicating that 2V is required to crank up the engine.
Could you please explain what you mean by the above? If the battery voltage does not drop by 2V when cranking, what should that be interpreted as? Battery fault? Or something else?
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Could you please explain what you mean by the above? If the battery voltage does not drop by 2V when cranking, what should that be interpreted as? Battery fault? Or something else?
I'll tell you where I am coming from on this.

I was in a conversation with Batmobile guys around 2 hours back. I had a DMM with me. What they said was, if it goes below 10V during cranking up, that means the battery is weak.

I forgot to add to the above post, to correct appropriately if there is a mistake.

I tried these step by step and it worked.

What intrigued me the most was that I went to my battery dealer today morning to get the battery checked. After doing a specific gravity check (which showed correct results) and a meter check, he concluded that the battery is weak.

I wasn't ready to take that and hence called up the Batmobile Mumbai number to cross check and my battery behaved in exactly the same way as they mentioned on call.

Let me know if your views on these steps and results.



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The voltage should not drop below 9.6V at full cranking for about 15 seconds
How to Measure CCA (Cold Cranking Amp) &ndash; Battery University

and here is some more literature.

batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/testing_deep_cycle_lead_acid_batteries

Basically the battery should be able to crank your engine for at least 15 seconds, so that it starts. The voltage should not drop so much as to inhibit spark ignition, especially in the older engines. Further in some cases the ECU of modern cars may not work below 9V.

Once the car starts, the alternator will start charging, and as long as the voltage is above 13.2V it is OK. Of course if it goes too high, say 15+V then the electronics may blow.
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