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Posted by Eeyore on October 7, 2008, 10:41 am

John wrote:

Damn car manufacturers ! How old is it ? Under guarantee ? Get THEM to fix it.


Posted by Eeyore on October 5, 2008, 11:31 pm

spaco wrote:

Precisely true.


Posted by Mauried on October 6, 2008, 6:07 am
 On Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:31:52 +0100, Eeyore

Ive got essentially the OPs problem.
A car thats only used on weekends and sits idle in the garage
for the rest of the week.
Battery goes flat over the week.
Simple cheap fix is a small mains operated battery charger
available from any car parts shop, mine cost me $5.
Put a cigarette lighter plug on the charger and just leave it pluuged
into the car socket when not using the car.
Batterys always fully charged  when needed.
Much cheaper than a solar panel.

Posted by John on October 6, 2008, 7:08 pm
 On Mon, 06 Oct 2008 06:07:58 GMT, mauried@tpg.com.au (Mauried) wrote:

Its just used in the week mate and usually sits idle at weekends.
Monday mornings sometimes takes three attempts to start. In the week
after work or in the morning sometimes I get lucky and only one
attempt but usually two attempts before it starts.

That is a very good idea. I don't think I would be able to leave such
a device plugged in though because my cigarette lighter is cut off
from the battery when the car is switched off.

Would such a device give enough juice though if in this socket when I
am starting up the car? Because I'm sure the socket will become active
when I hit the start button and try start the car up.



Posted by danny burstein on October 6, 2008, 7:49 pm

Not enough to start the car right then and there, but
if you could leave it hooked up for 10 minutes or so
you'd probably be pleasantly suprised.

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