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Old 07-19-2007, 12:27 PM
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Red top/ starting problem

I have a red top that have had less than a year. A while back the car sat a few weeks and would not start, jumped it drove around. Started for a few weeks. It rained for about 4 weeks went out started it drove to a show to look tried to go home and it would not start. I got a jump drove it home and have a charger on it. At the show it would not even click the starter. I have the battery in the trunk all new cable 1or2 ga. 80 alt, electric fan radio (never use). This started about the time I installed a radio and the car sat. Do you think it is the radio, starter to hot, bad red top?

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If you suspect the radio installation pull the fuse. FWIW there has been recent posts about the failure rate of the highly touted Optima battery.

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Sometimes the red tops do take a poo, more likely however, is that something you've added recently has a parasitic draw.

A simple test, if you're not an electrical savvy kind of person (or find it frustrating) is to disconnect the battery cable when you park it, if it starts right back up the next time, you've ruled out the battery as the culprit.
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Doc here,

RED TOPS are having an extremely Bad run on Battery's right now..

Charge the battery for 6 to 12 Hours, then take it and have it load tested..If it has bad cells it will fall off rapidly.

IF you need a new one, and you can apply warranty, get a regular battery..If not, you have a choice, go with one that may Die in 6 months, for warranty, or get a reliable one now and be done with it..

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The hot battery in the electric vehicle racing crowd is the Deka Intimidator. Once my next red top kicks the bucket, I'll go with one.

It's still a fully sealed AGM battery, and from what I'm understanding, they're holding up quite well.

http://www.eastpenn-deka.com/default.aspx?pageid=163
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