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Old 06-05-2019, 09:14 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I'd guess the battery was old to begin with, but for less than $100 you can find out (replace it).

Or, he could find out for free at one of the parts suppliers who will load test it for charge at no charge.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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You may have damaged the alternator when you did that. A bad diode in the alternator will drain the battery even when the car is not running. That might explain why it ran ok the rest of that day but was dead 4 days later.
I really hope that didn't happen. A battery is cheap compared to an alternator. I plan on jumping it again and taking the vehicle down to the autoparts store and have the battery and charging system checked.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Are you saying you touched the two leads together a couple times? Or are you saying you somehow connected the two wires and left them connected for some time. If it is the later, I would imagine you burned out the wires and maybe anything they were connected to, but if it is the former (a spark or two), I cannot imagine it did anything to damage the battery - or anything else in your car.
They accidentally touched twice just for an instant. I hope it is just the battery and nothing else.
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Just to update: turns out the battery was all I fried. It would only charging to 50% so I got a new one. All is well. Plus it didn't cost me a dime. Battery had a 3 year warranty and I had 2 months left on it.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Good news! I always thought those battery warranties were prorated, so two months left wouldn't pay you much.
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Coastal Mid-Atlantic
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A friend of mine was working on his car. The way the battery was mounted, the pos. post was on the outside close to the inner body panel. He had dropped a tool down beside the battery and reached down to get it. His ring shorted between the pos. battery post and the car. Welded there he couldnt move his hand and it got hot and started to burn his finger. He finally got his hand out, pulled his ring off and was burned badly from the ring.
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