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My car has been fine up until about 3 or 4 days ago. 3-4 days ago I noticed it was having a hard/longer start which got progressively worse each day(more tumbles needed).The dash lights also seem to be more faded each day before start up.

Yesterday-no start at all. No typical "click, click, click" of a dead battery, no turnover (tumble), no sound, and no dash lights this time.
Alter alternator, but why so sudden?!
Nothing is plugged in lighter, no lights left on, etc.
 

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Battery is only about 18 mths old (Optima), and wouldn't it die slowly, and what about that dreaded "click click click" we usually hear?






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Then check the altenator.

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Fading lights is a clue that the battery is draining. Short cct somewhere in the wiring (? unlikely but possible); stuck inside light switch in the door perhaps. Most likely is a failure in the alternator regulator - it uses four rectifier diodes to convert the alternators AC output to DC voltage. If one fails (happens commonly), the alternator output goes down by at least half. Then the running needs take most of the output, and the battery never gets recharged.

Regulator can be replaced in most alfa alternators. Used to be separate (late 60's, early 70's) but has been integrated with the alternator for quite a while.

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"stuck inside light switch in the door perhaps"

****, come to think of it, I did catch the passenger side footwell light on a week or two back!! I wonder if the battery can be saved!??
 

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click, click, click

The click, click, click sound happens with a greatly weakened battery. A dead battery will give you nothing.

After a slow drain to dead, if you slow charge the battery it is more than likely to recover. It will also most likely take days/week/months off the total usable life of the battery. Optima may do better?
 

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After a slow drain to dead, if you slow charge the battery it is more than likely to recover. It will also most likely take days/week/months off the total usable life of the battery. Optima may do better?
Optimas are pretty robust. Recharge it, disconnect that silly interior light, and you'll probably be OK. If it goes dead again, check your alternator.
 

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Connect a recharger ASAP. Find the power drain if any. Call a good battery shop to see if they have a "desulfate charging capability". IF so, go there ASAP; they should also be able to test the alternator.

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Sounds good, thanks guys!!
 

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^%^$%#&* battery dead, need new one!:mad:

I'm getting a friggin' cheapie this time!
 
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