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    Boo on my battery

    I went for a work trip for two weeks and when i flew in last night i go to start my car and its dead.

    Nothing electronic was working. Tomorrow im going to charge the battery and see if its salvagable otherwise im going to have to buy a new battery.

    Has anyone else experienced this after not driving their car for a few weeks?
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    In my personal experience over many years a car battery can and will die with no warning whether sitting idle or not. How old is it?
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    Batteries have always been left to chance, at least for me. A few years ago I was borrowing a '96 Outback from my parents to help me get stuff home from school at the end of the year. Fully loaded, I pulled into a gas station, filled it up, started the car and moved it about 20ft to the air pump to check/top off the tires before the trip. After all the tires were checked, I turned the key.... and... nothing.... not even a door chime, or a warning light, she was completely dead. I had literally started the car less than 2 min previous, and had loaded the car, then driven the mile from campus to the gas station with ZERO issues (not even a hint of a rough start etc). So here I was, with an instant dead battery at a gas station. I ended up getting a jump and driving around (leaving the car running everywhere) until I came across a muffler shop that sold batteries and could put one in right then.

    On that same note, I've accidently drained the battery more than once in my WRX doing stupid things like leaving a map light or dome light on for an extended period of time . But, (knock on wood) after a jump and a good drive she has always been fine again.

    I also have a buddy who just came home from a 3 week vacation to find that he had left the glove box (which has a nice little light) open in his truck the entire time. His 4 year old battery was toast, wouldn't begin to hold a charge after a jump.

    Basically, you can kill them, and then they can just go on you. They seem to decided when they don't want to play anymore, at least in my experience.

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    a good battery tester (puts a load on the battery) will tell you if it's shot or not

    fully de-charging a battery shortens it life
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