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Old Tue, Apr-01-2008, 04:55:21 PM   #1
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Default How long/far do you have to drive to charge battery?

Guys,

I only drive my car once a week and lately it's been getting difficult for the car to start up on the initial crank.
How long or how far do i have to drive the car before the battery starts to get charged up?

I'm guessing that short trips around the block isn't going to sufficient to keep the battery charged.

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30 minutes is a good rule of thumb.....gives the alternator enough time to recharge the battery....plus it recharges your key so you don't get screwed with your keyless entry next time either
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Question related to OP's question..

I was told by a friendly mechanic that a simple start-up of a car will give a battery a nice instantaneous recharge.. In example, you've noticed that you left lights on inside your car for a good 6 hours or so... Would a start-up along with a 3-5min running of the engine revive most of the lost charge, or is that false? I thought that once the alt kicks in, it gives the battery back a good amount of lost charge...?? Without having to go drive the car for 30 mins or let it run for 30 mins or whatever...
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I drove for an hour, and that was good
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weird, my battery blew the fuk up yesterday. I was heading off to the beach when I went to crank it and KABOOM , the kids were like DAD FIX IT !!!!!! WE WANT TO GO SNORKLING !!!!!

Uhh STFU kids ok, thanks
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You should keep a low amp charger on it during the week.
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Question related to OP's question..

I was told by a friendly mechanic that a simple start-up of a car will give a battery a nice instantaneous recharge.. In example, you've noticed that you left lights on inside your car for a good 6 hours or so... Would a start-up along with a 3-5min running of the engine revive most of the lost charge, or is that false? I thought that once the alt kicks in, it gives the battery back a good amount of lost charge...?? Without having to go drive the car for 30 mins or let it run for 30 mins or whatever...
Have you ever had a dead battery and then after charging or jumping got it to crank and then shut it off after 10 minutes it was fine later??? I think that should answer your question.
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Have you ever had a dead battery and then after charging or jumping got it to crank and then shut it off after 10 minutes it was fine later??? I think that should answer your question.
I'm not sure

I shoulda been more clear but I didn't mean a dead battery. I meant you notice your lights have been on so you do a quick turn-over, let the car run for a few mins, and shut it back off... Will that provide the battery with a "quick re-charge" or is that question better suited for mythbusters???

Basically, my mechanic advised it as a battery draining prevention tip.. If you notice lights have been on in your car for x amount of time, and you simply turn them off, your battery could need a jump start should you attempt to start it the next morning. Instead, a quick start-up followed by allowing the engine to run for 3-5 mins will allow for a quick re-charge, and the car should be fine the next morning...???
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I shoulda been more clear but I didn't mean a dead battery. I meant you notice your lights have been on so you do a quick turn-over, let the car run for a few mins, and shut it back off... Will that provide the battery with a "quick re-charge" or is that question better suited for mythbusters???

Basically, my mechanic advised it as a battery draining prevention tip.. If you notice lights have been on in your car for x amount of time, and you simply turn them off, your battery could need a jump start should you attempt to start it the next morning. Instead, a quick start-up followed by allowing the engine to run for 3-5 mins will allow for a quick re-charge, and the car should be fine the next morning...???
I guess thats subjective how drained the battery is and such, but then again i would never suggest letting a M3 just get started for 5 minutes and shut down....
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