Dead car battery - advice please

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  1. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    As I haven't used my car in over four months, it appears that the battery is now dead - not even enough juice to switch on the radio.

    I'm looking for both short and longer term fixes for this so give me your wisdom. For starters (geddit?) I'm looking at this Arteck power pack for immediate jump starting. However, since I have become accustomed to almost never using the car, I am also looking for something that will maintain the battery health while the car languishes in the drive.

    Give me your 'best value' suggestions please.

    The car is a 2011 Skoda Fabia 1.2 diesel which, until my off, averaged just under 9,000 miles per annum.
     
  2. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    You can buy solar powered trickle chargers that keep the battery topped up. They're popular amongst caravanists for keeping their leisure batteries charged.

    I'd imagine that the battery would need to be in good condition to start with - a totally flat battery might need more juice to bring it back to life.

    Or you can get mains powered trickle chargers, but they're more suitable for a car that's kept in a garage than outdoors.
     
  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Park on a hill? ^_^

    Alternatively a Richbrook Dis-Carnect that disconnects the battery would help.
     
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  4. OP
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    glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    Also, will I need to worry about stuff like the radio needing the factory code re-entered or any other thing resetting itself in the car's electronics?

    Does it matter if my battery is lead-acid or gel? (I think it might be gel.)
     
  5. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    I use a smart trickle charger kn the Smart, car equivalent of an Optimate. I fitted an online socket, hidden in the ashtray, so no messing about with crapodile clips etc.
     
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  6. meta lon

    meta lon Guru


    Should be ok on the code.
    Trickle charger as suggested
     
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  7. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    Location:
    52 Festive Road
    Can't you afford the odd AAA then?

    :laugh:
     
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  8. KneesUp

    KneesUp Veteran

    Re: radio code - if it needs one, it will have been lost. I bought a s/hand Seat (also VAG, obviously) a few years back with no code for the radio, but it said in the manual that the dealer would give it to me for free, so I took a 14 year old car I'd bought for a few hundred quid to the dealer and to be fair they got the code for nothing and gave me a cup of coffee while I waited.

    On newer cars I think the stereo is coded to the car via the fancy-pants electronics though, so it may not need anything doing as it's still in the same car. If that's the case it would need re-coding if you put it in another car I think.
     
  9. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    If you have somebody close who has jump leads use them to get an initial start, however ensure that before you connect the leads put the lights on. In the event of a power spike it will go through the lights & not the ECU, as to those power banks I've never used one, my Luddite brain says they can't work, but I know somebody who claims they do. As to long term charging us some form of trickle charger, optimate, oxford, although https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CTEK-MXS...751989?hash=item48a62f21b5:g:8MEAAOSwNchaNMIA is supposed to be the daddy of them all.
     
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  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Being discharged will have irrevocably damaged the battery. Don't go to Halfrauds to buy a new one, find a proper battery specialist and give them the business. They will assess the condition of the battery and even check the alternator if you ask, as well as making recommendations for keeping it topped up.
     
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  11. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    There is no guarantee of that, they are often able to be recovered.
     
  12. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    I remember as a young motorist,being told my battery was in a bad shape.What shape should it be in i stupidly asked.
     
  13. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    A smart charged might be able to revive it.
     
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  14. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 20% through Decade 7. Yikes! Moderator

    Just get one of these - around 50 notes should see you right.

    https://www.ctek.com/products?category=313f09f3-7f67-4d37-94c5-bb684196d572

    These are the go-to choice for a number of friends that I have who own seriously nice cars.

    BMW etc supply the same pieces of kit re-logoed and charge an absolute fortune.

    We use one at home is we leave the car for extended periods of time - computer controlled to keep the battery in optimum condition, also has recondition & winter modes plus different connection options eg direct to battery terminals, via cigarette lighter socket and a trailing option that permanently connects to the battery that has a little plug-in thingy for quick hook-ups.

    We have the MXS 5.0
     
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  15. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    Can I have a TMN on this :laugh:
     
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