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I have a 2005 Dodge Neon, gave someone a hot shot and now battery

I have a 2005 Dodge Neon. I gave someone a hot shot on Thursday and on Friday afternoon my battery was dead. I tried to get a hot shot but couldn't because of some fluid leaking from top of the battery. Had it towed to Firestone and they say it is the battery and the starter. Could the hot shot have caused all of this? Should it cost almost $600.00 to fix?

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Several different and conflicting points.

First of all, you mean you jump started another car.
There is nothing called a hot shot you can do with a car.
Second is that jump starting a car with another can easily cause all sorts of damage to both cars, and has to be done carefully.
You should connect the cables with off, and then rev the running car for at least 15 minutes to charge up the battery on the other, before trying to crank it.
And do not have your engine running when you actually try cranking.
That is because the thick wire running to his starter can drain a lot more current then the little wires in your alternator can take.
And even if you get his started, if his battery is really low, his alternator will burn up trying to charge his battery.

So could jump starting make your car not start the next day?
Absolutely.
But it would be because you burned out the alternator, and that allowed the battery to run down.
It would not be the battery or stater that would be at fault.

However, if you have fluid on top of the battery, it is probably over heating from the alternator over charging. There is a chance that could also blow the starter, but not likely.

And a battery and starter should run less they $225, so you are getting ripped off. Firestone sells tires, and is not good at electrical. Take it to an alternator specialist.

If you want to check it out yourself, you need a cheap voltmeter.
The battery voltage at rest should be 12.5.
When you try to crank it should drop to 10.
If it drops below that, then when you stop you need to see if it restores to 12.5.
If it does not, then the battery is bad.
If the battery does restore to 12.5, then the starter is drawing too much.
There is no way to tell if the starter and battery are bad at the same time. They interfere with testing each other is one is bad.
But then you need to get it started and check the alternator.
If when you rev the engine it stays below 13.5, or over 14.5, then the alternator is bad.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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I doubt the boost would have effected the starter at all,but the battery may have seen it` last days,but,also,I would be more concerned about checking the alternator,and make sure it is charging correctly with the new battery.Checked at the battery,with headlights on,and ac on high blower setting,it should read 13.65 volts,to 14.255 volts,anything less is not good.

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