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Battery went dead, Jump started but now check engine light on

Called dealer and he said if I drove 8 miles it would reset and if not then I would have to put it on their computer which starts at $50.00.

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  • sgc May 21, 2009

    I appreciate the input and I marked unuseful as I already did that. The light has gone off now. I just drove it around then had the battery tested and all is good. Thanks again.

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First, you need to determine why the battery went dead...put a volt meter across the battery terminals and verify that it is making above 13v and less than 14v while running. Also, the alternator is designed to maintain the state of charge in a battery, it will never fully charge it. To avoid overtaxing the alternator and shortening the live of the battery, always re-charge with a battery charger after needing a jump.
(doing this about every two/three months will extend life of battery...makes up for time spent listening to radio etc with engine off)

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  • Richard Scordino May 21, 2009

    Have you checked the battery voltage and charging voltage like I said? What readings did you get? If the light is on the dash, it may or may not go out, depending upon the battery condition and the alternator output. Instead of going out, you may get stuck again. Even if you know why battery went dead, it still must be charged and tested Once discharged, a marginal battery will never re-charge properly. As I said, an alternator will never re-charge any battery (the generators used on old card did.)
    Without a two way conversation any advice I give is useless...That's likely why you did not think what I said was as helpful as I know it was. I was not as concerned about the light as I was that you don't get stranded, waiting for the light to go out.


  • Richard Scordino May 21, 2009

    Glad its OK...good luck with it!

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