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Night_Wolf
01-15-2011, 06:05 AM
So to start, a week ago I had to jump my car to get to class. When I got out of class it was dead again, so I jumped it and the battery began to sizzle, so I went out and got a new battery! Started right up but was pushing 17 volts so I got home quick. Then two days later I went to start it up to get it in the garage and its dead again! So I put the alternator in today and go to start it up and nothing so I borrowed my roomies "Jump pack" everything lights up and I get a click when I try to start but no turning over... :( hopefully a replacement battery fixes this cluster fuck. There's not real point to this thread guess I'm just venting :thinking:

manda
01-15-2011, 06:16 AM
Dude that sucks. I've had a few of those days myself lately..... Hope everything works out for you!

Night_Wolf
01-15-2011, 06:24 AM
Lol yea, I'm hoping tomorrow I can just replace the battery after work and it'll start

Grot
01-15-2011, 06:34 AM
So are you saying your brand new battery is just going click?

Night_Wolf
01-15-2011, 06:36 AM
Uh yep pretty much, I took a multimeter to it and it was just over 8 V

Grot
01-15-2011, 06:40 AM
Your battery more that likely isnt the problem.

I had a similar problem with my old Crown Vic. My voltage Regulator had gone out.

I wouldnt spend 75 bucks on a new battery only to find it doing the same thing in 2 days.

Have you tried beating on the starter to see if that helps?

Have you done a "Big 3" upgrade?

If you have one avaliable, put a charger on your battery.

This just doesnt sound like a dead battery to me.

Night_Wolf
01-15-2011, 06:50 AM
Big 3?
And yes I believe it was my regulator, I replaced the alternator and tried banging on the starter too

Grot
01-15-2011, 06:57 AM
Here (http://www.the12volt.com/installbay/forum_posts.asp~TID~73496~PN~1) is a writeup from another forum.

At one point there was a 5th gen specific write up. but i cant seem to find it right now.

Night_Wolf
01-15-2011, 07:03 AM
Mmm I may have to do that this summer when I can ride my bike to work

Hookecho
01-15-2011, 01:59 PM
Seems like a bad connection to me.

mtp_69_i
01-15-2011, 07:10 PM
i'm going with voltage regulator too. Similar thing happened with my old RA40, voltage kept spiking and killing the battery. check the electrolyte levels in your old battery, if they're low, top up with distilled (important) water and chick it on a trickle charger. It may come good.

Night_Wolf
01-16-2011, 01:44 AM
The battery was shot when my buddy tested it at work, so I got a new one under warranty. Haven't put it in and tried starting it yet but that'll be in a bit

Facime
01-16-2011, 02:43 AM
pushing 17v into your battery = bad

Night_Wolf
01-16-2011, 06:14 AM
So I am following the theme! I got a new battery today hooked it up after I installed the axles and got everything back together. Turned over and had a rough start but after sitting in 10-20 degree weather for almost two weeks that's no surprise. So I look under the hood and alas I have a minor exhaust leak between the mani and turbo :( but I can say I'm happy I can drive it in a couple days!

Grot
01-16-2011, 06:27 AM
Congrats.

Did you find out what was draining you battery?

Night_Wolf
01-16-2011, 07:04 AM
I think it had something to do with the alternator, my original one I had issues with the regulator which I thought I fixed but I think it just died so I swapped a 100 amp alternator from an MR2 and voltage holds steady at 14