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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by heltershelton, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    this isnt for me, but for my ex wife.
    i just talked to her and she said her headlights are draining her battery.
    i think she has a little two door sports car, like an old miata or something.
    what would cause this? bad alternator?
     
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  2. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    58
    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    Check the battery connections first...
     
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  3. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter


  4. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson
    The first thing I check is the free stuff.

    Are her battery cable ends corroded?

    Take the car to have the battery and alternator checked.

    Odds are, this'll cover it.
     

  5. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    I second that.
     
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  6. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oh yeah do that first :whistling:
     
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  7. chrimturn

    chrimturn Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    40
    Jun 14, 2013
    Cincinnati
    Check the voltage at the battery with everything hooked up. Turn the lights on and check again and see if the voltage stays the same or starts to drop off. Verify if it’s the lights or not.
     
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  8. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Dec 17, 2017
    Lost
    Sounds like a alternator like mentioned above. She can get somebody to take it off and take it to parts store and they can test it.
     
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  9. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    ok.....thanks guys.
    sounds like a simple fix.
    headlights just dont drain batteries for no reason, lol.
    but thats all i had to go on.
     
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  10. chrimturn

    chrimturn Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    40
    Jun 14, 2013
    Cincinnati
    The alternator is the most obvious and possibly most likely culprit. But don’t rule out a short in the electrical system/wiring either. Had a friend replace an alternator not too long ago. They told him the existing one couldn’t keep up with the load. (Lights, effects, amps, etc...). Swapped it out with a stronger model and still had the same problem.
     
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  11. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Tell her to turn the headlights off when she's not using them, especially when she shuts the car off.
    :whistling::whistling::whistling:
     

  12. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
    Alternator and battery seem to go in unison for me. And the starter is usually in there someplace, too! :confused:
     
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  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    i will let her know all these things.....of course, it being me telling her, she wont listen.
     

  14. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson

    Out here batteries are in a living hell, along with anything rubber.


    Tell her, if it is the alternator...ok...suggest that she might want to replace the serpentine belt at the same time...
     

  15. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    youre a mean man.
    thats ok...i am too....
     
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  16. axis69

    axis69 Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    32
    966
    Feb 5, 2016
    LA
    Isn't WASP the best?
    They're one of the only 80s bands that don't sound cheesy.
    Just the other day in traffic I heard someone blasting WASP.It was some super hot looking executive chick in a BMW!
     

  17. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    yeah.....i will always loves me some wasp.
     
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  18. Armour

    Armour Strat-Talker

    183
    Nov 4, 2008
    Wales
    Check the electrolyte level in the battery while your at it. Top up with distilled water if low.
     
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  19. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    ill tell her.....me? i wont be checkin nothin. im in texas.....shes in florida.
     
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  20. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    52
    May 7, 2014
    UK
    Definitely alternator, if she is getting no response at all. Could be a dead battery too......damn beaten to it by 17 other folks! I'll get my coat....:whistling: :D
     
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