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Drive car after battery charge?

Discussion in 'General Automotive Talk' started by Andrew B., Mar 15, 2015.

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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Sorry to hear that. I hope your health improves.

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    I got down to my car today and it started. Has to be at least three weeks it sat there. I ran it for 20 minutes. Also, I noticed that when I turn the alarm off it's not completely off. The light is indicating its state. And for all I know my battery will not start the car next time. I think what I need to do is face facts. Barring a miracle, my health just doesn't allow me to use my car regularly. So I need to get my alarm and lojack disconnected. And just pay the higher insurance rate. It's the most practical thing to do.
     
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    I'm happy to hear you were feeling good enough to go down and try it. Would your insurance take a big hit?

    The only other option is parking in the sun, using a small solar panel to maintain the battery and maybe putting up some sun screens to protect the interior.

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    My mechanic didn't want to mess with the electrics so my cigar lighter is live when the key is off, and I don't have the energy to pursue this further. So it's a matter of when I have a window to get the alarm disabled. Because it my life, it's all about pacing, otherwise I'm into a bad relapse that lasts a long long time.
     
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    That wouldn't be good. Take your time. If you can find the fuse for the alarm you could pull that to disable the alarm.

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    Gad, I checked this thread to see how long ago this was. Almost a year now. The car was sitting there for almost a year. It's in use again now though. A caregiver drove me in it. I'm not even sure it's worth owning a car, but for now I cannot give it up. And as each year passes, the smog laws get tougher in California. So even if its emissions stay the same, eventually it won't pass.

    And I'm still pondering new cars to buy. I must be an optimist.
     
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    It sat for that long? Any problems getting it started? It is hard to give up on a car after owning it for so long. Health issues could make it even harder to give up. Selling could feel like giving up to some.

    We don't have those tests here. How often do you need to get the test done?

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    The battery was dead. But I have a jump starter in the trunk. I was surprised that was not dead too. But the engine started right up with its help.
    We get them every two years. I just read that the hybrids were excluded from testing, but that was because there was no way to test them. I skimmed an article on this and will probably go back and read it.

    I am guessing that if I get a new car it might be wise to get a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV). I only became aware of these last night, but they run as clean or cleaner than hybrids.
     
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