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Old 27.07.2011, 23:42
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Re: Question about a dead battery in the car

Oh come on. We're talking about changing a car battery; it's even easier than changing a wheel! Just make sure you know any codes to get the navi/radio restarted and don't be surprised if the alarm goes off at first.
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Old 27.07.2011, 23:52
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Re: Question about a dead battery in the car

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Oh come on. We're talking about changing a car battery; it's even easier than changing a wheel! Just make sure you know any codes to get the navi/radio restarted and don't be surprised if the alarm goes off at first.
In Switzerland people ecpect to be trained & have a diploma before trying anything unusual.
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Old 28.07.2011, 00:35
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Oh come on. We're talking about changing a car battery; it's even easier than changing a wheel! Just make sure you know any codes to get the navi/radio restarted and don't be surprised if the alarm goes off at first.
Sure sure, it is easy enough. But I've worked in garages and seen competent mechanics blow a chunk out of their wrench accidentally shorting a battery, and had a cracked battery case dump acid on me and melt my brown polyester uniform service pants (oh I miss those uniform service clothes!). I've never actually seen a battery explode from a spark but the old timers I worked with say they had. You gotta know what the potential dangers are if you want to avoid them!
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Re: Question about a dead battery in the car

Bit late for you now I guess, but if you just want a jump start and you have no jump-leads/motorised friends, then try your local taxi company. They'll usually be able to get you going with either jump leads or one of those booster wotsits.


P.S. I'd happily change a battery myself (and have done) but one advantage of getting it done professionally is that they should check if the battery is at fault and not your alternator for example.
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but one advantage of getting it done professionally is that they should check if the battery is at fault and not your alternator for example.
Buy a 15 chf multi meter from Migros, a well charged battery with the engine running should read 14.1v or a little more.
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Buy a 15 chf multi meter from Migros, a well charged battery with the engine running should read 14.1v or a little more.
I was thinking of those big FO bar things with a meter on that they short over the battery, but that's good advice too (there are gadgets to stick in your ciggie lighter that will measure the voltage as well).
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Old 28.07.2011, 09:48
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I was thinking of those big FO bar things with a meter on that they short over the battery
A load tester.

Good for checking the capacity of the battery, as some will have the voltage just fine unloaded, but not loaded.

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