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Old 02-22-2007, 10:41 PM
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I'm no pro but my first thought would be to have the battery charged and tested under a load. The place you purchased it will do this for free. If it checks out postively then the charging system is in question. I recently purchased a new battery anda dead cell showed up within a few weeks after starting problems.It was replaced with a new one and all problems were solved. Let's hope that it's just that simple for you.

There are also bad cables, poor contact(s), corrosion,and other possible problems. Check the simple things first.
 
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:14 PM
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The corrosion will always be on the positive terminal. Using a (constantly mixed) combination of baking soda and water will neutralize the corrision but be extremely thorough.
 
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:14 AM
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The corrosion will reach a point where it stops electrical contact between the battery and the cables. It IS NOT worth letting it go that far. Keep the posts greased and corrosion free. You'll enjoy no problem starting regardless of the temperature. Obviously keep the distilled water at the correct level in the battery.
 
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:44 AM
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Until you have the battery tested there's no way to know.
 
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Old 02-23-2007, 12:59 PM
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Until you have the battery tested there's no way to know.
Have the battery AND THE CHARGING SYSTEM tested. From reading this thread, it's still possible for the alternator to be at fault. (Although itsounds like a bad battery.) The place where you got the battery can also test your charging system.

You can also check for electrical loads that don't turn off.ButI thinkyour battery goes dead too fast for this to be caused by your trunk light staying on.

If you have a multi-meter & wanna learn, you can do a reasonable job of testing this yourself. The testing is easy, the trick is interpreting what you measure...
 
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:01 PM
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I totally agree. My thought was if the battery was bad then that's likely the problem but it does make more sense to have both checked at the same time.
 

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