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20 minutes ago, Orygun Duck said:

Thanks.  We live in Villanova.  Few of our friends have cables and the ones that do have real jobs in the daytime.  I'll try some of the repair shops.  We just arrived in town last night and need transportation.

 

Anyone who has a newer Mexican plated vehicle has cables. They are standard equipment along with fire extinguisher etc.

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Interesting.  I have a 2017 Nissan Kicks.  No cables, no fire extinguisher. Frequent dead batteries.  Maybe not a "newer" Mexican-plated" car.  Thanks for the info, though.

 

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On 11/9/2018 at 5:27 PM, Metuchenmama said:

My car drives fine all day until the next morning when it cannot start.  It doesn't even turn over or click. It can be jump started

I need a person who is an auto electrical specialist to find the cause and fix it..  An excellent mechanic has tried but cannot find the problem.

This has gone on for two weeks and I need my car.

Thanks.

Go to Autozone and one of the young men will put a tester on the battery. If it is the battery they will carry one out to the car and install it. No wait, no muss, no fuss.

This is where I start

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3 hours ago, Mainecoons said:

Did you get a start?  Frequent dead batteries looks like an electrical problem.

Got a start.  We've had the electrical system checked by Nissan last year and no problem.  Seems to be the 3 months of inactivity.  I bought a battery tender to maintain the charge while we're gone - a recommendation by a dealer in the US.  Thanks for asking.

 

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Mudgirl, we run in different circles.  Most people we know are old and ignorant. (Mutually exclusive categories, BTW).   We carry a potable battery starter, which doesn't work with a completely dead battery.)  Thanks for your input.

 

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Orygun Duck- I'm old, too, but I wasn't always 🙂  Been driving for about 55 years, so at some point, I realized that jumper cables were a smart thing to have in the car. Maybe the old folks you know have always had nice, new cars and never needed such a thing, but for those of us who had our share of old beaters, they were handy to have. 

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I have 2 sets of jumper cables but I've been told you shouldn't use them on a car that has a computer. Mixed opinions on that.

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17 hours ago, Orygun Duck said:

Got a start.  We've had the electrical system checked by Nissan last year and no problem.  Seems to be the 3 months of inactivity.  I bought a battery tender to maintain the charge while we're gone - a recommendation by a dealer in the US.  Thanks for asking.

 

We have a Ford Fiesta we use as our tow car for our RV up north.  When garaged with the RV, I disconnect the battery.  Have had no problem getting it to start the car after 5 months. 

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On 11/26/2019 at 7:52 AM, Go Solar said:

Anyone with a car and cables.....where R U located?

Lakeside you can probably get a norteno to come by or a local mechanic. It all areas around it is the Taxis that provide a jump start. Just flag down a Taxi from Juarez to Progresso and he has cables or will radio another taxi for you. This was a real surprise to me 30 years ago that I have had to use a few times since.

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18 hours ago, Orygun Duck said:

Got a start.  We've had the electrical system checked by Nissan last year and no problem.  Seems to be the 3 months of inactivity.  I bought a battery tender to maintain the charge while we're gone - a recommendation by a dealer in the US.  Thanks for asking.

 

I have used battery maintainers for many years. Those battery tenders will boil out the water over time, so be sure to check it when you get back. I finally put my tender on a timer while I am gone and do 2 hours a day of power. It won't take much to keep it up.

As for ;unhooking the battery while you are gone, be sure you have the radio code to re-enter as it will lock out radio operation without a charge for some time.

 

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14 hours ago, cedros said:

I have 2 sets of jumper cables but I've been told you shouldn't use them on a car that has a computer. Mixed opinions on that.

IMHO those warnings come from the vendors of the portable power packs......

Done correctly with compatible 12 V battery, should be no issue.

Positive to positive, then negative, to GROUND (not to negative battery terminal, for safety in not sparking near the battery) works every time.    Then wait a moment while slightly revving the "donor" car engine a bit to a higher idle level, then crank the dead one up.     

Disconnect in reverse order and keep all cable tips apart until all are disconnected.    

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Most of today's newer vehicles, especially ones that have keyless start, will run down if not started/run occasionally. 45 days with either my Lexus or VW without starting will run mine down, even a somewhat new battery. I always put them on a tender if I'm going to be gone more than 30 days. Learned that lesson and won't repeat it.

I keep my 5th wheel trailer on a very small solar pad which approximates a tender but can't do that for the cars in the garage with no sunlight.

 

 

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