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#1 Old 08-31-2009, 06:02 PM
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Starting problems???

I just bought my 06 a week ago....and can't believe I'm having to post a "problem question" already UGGGG!!!

I was sitting with the engine OFF for about 20 minutes listening to the radio. When I went to start the car, it didn't start on the first try. It turned over and everything...all electrical worked etc. I mentioned it to my husband and he said the same thing happened to him the other day....he was sitting waiting for about 20 mins listening to the radio as well. The car only has 32K miles on it. Is this a common problem with chargers or am I unique???
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#2 Old 08-31-2009, 08:07 PM
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Very strange. Might want to have the dealer check it out. I'd be surprised if it's your battery with it only being a few years old...but it might be?

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its probably the battery and its not strange at all.

the starter takes about 400 amps to work , the stereo about 10 . just cause you have a stereo and lights on the dash doesnt mean you can crank over the starter enough. You probably have a low reserve capacity in the battery and listening to the stereo dont help. you have to remember you have a daytona so your running a 30 amp amplifier in that stereo too which does kill reserve capapcity
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I knew someone would help
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its kinda simple math.
say you have a 750 cca battery in the trunk thats low , maybe 600 on average.
you listen to the stereo for twenty minutes running the fcm, acm , and amplifier about 50 amps or so for 20 minutes which drops that 600 down about 580 or so. Then you do it again a week later and its down a bit more. remember your alternator is basically there to run the vehicle accesories itself while the vehicle is running. Its not meant to charge the battery. The battery is nothing but a reserve capacitor. The alternator is where the vehicle gets its power
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Car Alternator Importance
A car alternator is responsible for powering a car's accessories--radio, lights, horn--during normal engine operation. The car battery supplies the initial charge that allows the car to be started, and then the alternator takes over the job of supplying a constant electrical feed. In addition, the alternator is responsible for recharging the battery after the battery loses some of its strength from starting the car.
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the alternator or battery...

never listen the radio 20 minutes!!! in any car, this is a battery-killer.

if u wanna listen the radio a lot of minutes, buy an optima (gel) battery.

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#8 Old 09-01-2009, 06:29 AM
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Great information here....I will start with the battery and see if the problem goes away. It makes allot of sense. Last night I stumbled upon some threads relating to the stalling problems the Chargers seem to be having. I'm praying that doesn't happen to me and that this problem is not related.
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its kinda simple math.
say you have a 750 cca battery in the trunk thats low , maybe 600 on average.
you listen to the stereo for twenty minutes running the fcm, acm , and amplifier about 50 amps or so for 20 minutes which drops that 600 down about 580 or so. Then you do it again a week later and its down a bit more. remember your alternator is basically there to run the vehicle accesories itself while the vehicle is running. Its not meant to charge the battery. The battery is nothing but a reserve capacitor. The alternator is where the vehicle gets its power
You're describing the battery as an OUT only device where amps only go out but can never go back in. This is simply not the case. See below for the proper explanation of the system. Have you ever seen an ammeter that has + and - on it? This shows you when the current is going out of or INTO the battery (charging).

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Car Alternator Importance
A car alternator is responsible for powering a car's accessories--radio, lights, horn--during normal engine operation. The car battery supplies the initial charge that allows the car to be started, and then the alternator takes over the job of supplying a constant electrical feed. In addition, the alternator is responsible for recharging the battery after the battery loses some of its strength from starting the car.

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I think I came to the conclusion that the starting problems were a result of the car needing a tune up. It has 32K miles on it and when I pulled the plugs, they were the original plugs. The car runs like a new car now...and it starts up right away. Thanks for all the great tips...
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