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> possible dead battery?, 11.78 V
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post Jun 10 2018, 09:56 PM
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1. My car has been sitting for awhile, but it has started up when I needed it to.
I recently took out and put back the transmission. I got everything hooked up and the car would not start. I took a reading across the battery terminals and got 11.87 volts. Is this an indication of a dead battery?

2. I should mention that I unhooked the positive and negative terminals while the trans was out. I also have a battery disconnect on the negative terminal (turn a screw to connect/disconnect). I got sparks when I hooked up the positive and touched the wrench to the car accidentally.

3. I have an Optima Red Top battery that is only about 1-2 years old.

4. I checked all the wire connections related to the trans and didn't see anything. That shouldn't matter anyway, I think.

5. I'm thinking of jump-starting the car and seeing if that works.

6. I'm also thinking of getting a battery charger and hooking that up.

Thoughts?
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914 RZ-1   possible dead battery?   Jun 10 2018, 09:56 PM
The Cabinetmaker   Did you reconnect the ground strap on top of the t...   Jun 11 2018, 05:28 AM
914 RZ-1   I reconnected everything, including the ground str...   Jun 11 2018, 11:36 AM
SirAndy   I'm wondering what the correct reading for a g...   Jun 11 2018, 11:53 AM
porschetub   I'm wondering what the correct reading for a ...   Jun 12 2018, 12:17 AM
Chris914n6   A dead cell would make it 10.5v. That just sounds ...   Jun 11 2018, 12:04 PM
Bartlett 914   A dead cell would make it 10.5v. That just sounds...   Jun 11 2018, 12:48 PM
Mark Henry   A dead cell would make it 10.5v. That just sounds...   Jun 11 2018, 12:49 PM
914 RZ-1   Can anyone recommend a charger? A dead cell wou...   Jun 11 2018, 05:33 PM
Philip W.   the last battery that I had that died read right a...   Jun 11 2018, 12:04 PM
Triaddave   Just did all the above. Ended up buying a new red ...   Jun 11 2018, 12:49 PM
rhodyguy   Plenty of info out there about charging gel batter...   Jun 11 2018, 01:24 PM
914 RZ-1   I'm also going to try jump-starting the car wi...   Jun 11 2018, 05:35 PM
burton73   The battery man told me that Optima had a problem ...   Jun 11 2018, 05:49 PM
plays with cars   I'm a fan of the BatteryMINDER brand chargers....   Jun 11 2018, 11:52 PM
Triaddave   The reason for me to use the OPTIMA was the fact t...   Jun 12 2018, 11:42 AM
914 RZ-1   I solved the problem! I tried using a jump bo...   Jun 13 2018, 10:13 AM


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