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Battery Drain on 65 HT

Postby rollsman44 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:15 pm

I have gone through 3 batteries in 2 months. My mechanic who knows his job well is lost for words. It starts up and I drive the car then out of no where it wont start( battery dead) No lights nothing. I suggested he change the regulator but not sure what else it could be. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, rollsman
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Postby redstangbob » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:05 pm

I suggest the next thing you change is your mechanic, he obviously doesn't understand how a very basic charging system works. 3 batteries should have taken you at least 10 years to go through.
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Postby smorgasbird » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:49 am

Rollsman,
My '61 went thru a couple of batteries this year. I could not figure out why. I'd go out cruising on a Friday night and the battery would be near dead on Saturday. I jump started it and it ran fine for a while, then the next time I went to start it- nothing.
I checked alternator output, it was fine. Cleaned grounds, checked circuits with my multi-meter, everything was good. I was stumped.
My problem turned out to be a defective brake light switch. I'd pull the car into the garage at night and everything was fine- brake lights were off. I woke up in the middle of the night (one of the curses of getting old. lol) and went out to the garage to make sure everything was OK. The brake lights were glowing brightly! I popped the hood and disconnected the switch. Next morning I bought a new switch. Removed the old one and pushed an allen wrench up into the hole- very little resistance. Tried the same thing with the new switch- mucho resistance. Haven't had the battery problem since.
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Postby rollsman44 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Thank you. I will try to do the same in the garage. Cant seem to find the problem. I did notice a few weeks ago that my fog/ parking lights in the front of the car were on and the headlight switch had to be tightened. Maybe that is the problem. Thanks again, rollsman
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Postby scumdog » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:52 am

redstangbob wrote:I suggest the next thing you change is your mechanic, he obviously doesn't understand how a very basic charging system works. 3 batteries should have taken you at least 10 years to go through.


I'm still using the battery that was new in my car when I got it in '05.
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Postby smorgasbird » Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:05 am

I've worked in auto parts for many years. Decent batteries have always come with a 5 year or better warranty.
I'm presently employed at a small local O'Reilly's and just recently they dropped their 5 year warranty on many batteries- replaced by a 2 year warranty. I assume the manufacturer is to blame and the quality is not what it should be. Many, many parts are being produced outside of the US that are not made to last. With few exceptions the parts used to assemble new vehicles are not the highest quality anymore either. Buying o.e. parts doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a better quality part.
When I worked at a Jeep dealer several years ago, a factory rep came into the dealership and informed us that Chrysler had contracted an overseas company to manufacture their brake rotors. Many were warped when the vehicles were assembled, and we sold many rotors under warranty that warped shortly after replacement. Jeep owners were furious! And I heard all about it at the parts counter!
For someone who can remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon and automobiles were engineered to last; the present state of all things automotive is a sad thing. I don't hold any hope that things will turn around- ever.
If you find a battery that will last 5 years or more- you found a rare thing!
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Postby Tbird100636 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:48 am

scumdog - I'm still using the battery that was new in my car when I got it in '05.
And I'm running the same battery I put in our 64 back ten years ago. Diehard International, 27F, made by Johnson Controls. Unfortunately, Sears switched to Deka a couple years ago, so my next one will be from Advance Auto Parts, which is a Johnson Controls made battery.
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Postby BrianC » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:29 am

For someone who can remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon and automobiles were engineered to last; the present state of all things automotive is a sad thing. I don't hold any hope that things will turn around- ever.
If you find a battery that will last 5 years or more- you found a rare thing!

I remember 35 cent gas, and have to disagree about cars of that era being engineererd to last. Most of the time after 5 years, you were ready for a new one. Rusted quarter panels, chrome pitted, paint wore out. Spark plugs lasted only 5-7k miles due to lead, points wore out, engines were rarely lasting more than 75k without major work...
As far as batteries, my current '03 Marquis has the original battery, my '66 T-Bird's last Die Hard battery went 10 years recently....
So now we have over-engineered, complicated cars that last, run and drive better, but have no character, which is sad.
We (USA) let a lot of manufacturing jobs eventually slip away with the crap Detroit produced in the '70's, and let the Japanese get a foothold with what became a decidedly better product. And I won't even mention the damage the NAFTA agreement did to USA jobs.
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Postby Randy Mattson » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:41 am

I just have to brag as long as we're talking batteries.
Although I usually get 2 maybe 3 years on batteries for vehicles with only occasional use, I sold a 1996 F-150 last year that still carried it's original battery and it was working just fine. I had to replace the positive cable due to corrosion in 2007 but the battery never failed.
And I agree, cars are built better now than they used to be. The styling and design is lacking though.
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Postby vince » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:49 pm

After 5 years on any new battery, you are living on hope.
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Postby rheckman » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:18 pm

Distilled water and a battery trickler go a long way,just saying ...
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Postby papilliontbird » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:45 am

I have excellent luck with Interstate Batteries.
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Postby scumdog » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:14 am

vince wrote:After 5 years on any new battery, you are living on hope.


My '66 arrived in NZ in '05 and when it was dropped off at my house the shipper had fitted a new battery.

And that battery is still starting the 'bird quite well!! :mrgreen:
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Postby rheckman » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:32 pm

I run a trickler for any more than a week unattended.
Never have a problem
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Postby rheckman » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:38 pm

I run a trickler for any more than a week unattended.
Never have a problem
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