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Car battery drained - help!!

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Unfortunately, my car's lights were left on and now the battery is dead. Would a jumpstart work? Could the car be driven safely afterwards?

Does it need to be replaced?What's a good brand of car batteries?

Where can I find them cheap (if I decide to replace the battery)? The only place I know is Halfords :-( .

How much it might cost (battery cost + labour)?

I will first focus on getting the car started (possibly a jump start), if there are further problems then I will go ahead and purchase the battery.

I am a noob when it comes to cars and car parts and I need some help!!
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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1 Like #1
Is the battery newish? If so, just give iit a good drive around and it will recharge itself. If not, just buy a new one from halfords. They are not difficult to fit.
1 Like #2
i would suggest jump starting the car and then driving it around for 30 mins, then leave it overnight (with the lights off) and try again in the morning and it shoudl be fine.

if not then buy a new battery
1 Like #3
or a charger...i wouldnt get a battery or a charger from halfords

ring around local shops..you will save at least £30
1 Like #4
it will be fine with a jump start, just give it a decent drive like above said and it will recharge itself. Or you can buy a charger, my old car never got used much and battery died often so i just gave it a quick charge in the garage every week.
1 Like #5
Jump start and give it a good drive, 30 min or so would be ideal. Battery Should be fine.
1 Like #6
Dont buy from Halfords they charge well over the going rate. Go to your nearest friendly local parts dealer, he will be able to advise you of the best and save you a few quid as well
1 Like #7
Make sure you check the alternator as its responsible for keeping the battery charged. Otherwise you could end up wasting money on a new battery when you need to replace the alternator!

ah sorry re-read what you put and prob is just the battery!
1 Like #8
Jump it, but don't turn it off until you've deriven around for a while and recharge the battery. Dont' leave your lights on again! My battery goes flat just in the cold...
#9
Thanks everyone!!

I will try the jumpstart first - I will have to ask a neighbour or a friend. Trouble is I am a noob and don't know how to use the jumpstart.

Abt the battery, I am not sure its new(-ish) or not, I purchased the car (vectra) from a private seller who did maintain the car well, and had it for abt 4-5 years, I will have a look at the receipts he gave me.

Yes, I was worried abt going to Halfords - kind of assumed that they will charge almost twice the regular prices.

One more thing, this happened at a supermarket car park late in the night, I was able to get the car started by pushing it with the help of a few other people, While dragging the car back, I noticed that the brakes feel like they have 'locked' and while driving they felt like they are not as hard to press as before, I haven't driven the car after that (as it can't be started) but fear that I might have unknowingly caused some damage to the brakes.
1 Like #10
kaku_lala
Thanks everyone!!

I will try the jumpstart first - I will have to ask a neighbour or a friend. Trouble is I am a noob and don't know how to use the jumpstart.

Abt the battery, I am not sure its new(-ish) or not, I purchased the car (vectra) from a private seller who did maintain the car well, and had it for abt 4-5 years, I will have a look at the receipts he gave me.

Yes, I was worried abt going to Halfords - kind of assumed that they will charge almost twice the regular prices.

One more thing, this happened at a supermarket car park late in the night, I was able to get the car started by pushing it with the help of a few other people, While dragging the car back, I noticed that the brakes feel like they have 'locked' and while driving they felt like they are not as hard to press as before, I haven't driven the car after that (as it can't be started) but fear that I might have unknowingly caused some damage to the brakes.


I think newer cars are like this, I don't think you've done anything to the breaks, if I free wheel my car with the engine off the brakes are really hard to push but when started they return to normal. Mines an 05 Astra
1 Like #11
I got my wifes replacment last year from ebay, the thing is super charged, only have to touch her keys and the car starts and was £30 cheeper then Halfords.
banned 1 Like #12
save yourself some petrol and just leave it ticking over for 30 mins. Driving it barely makes any difference to the charging levels
1 Like #13
get yourself one of these

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=49038

keep it in the boot and if it goes flat again you can just jump start it yourself

(this is not the cheapest one, just an example - i have seen them before for £15-£20)
1 Like #14
re your brakes when the engines running it reduces the pedal pressure required for braking so absolutely nothing wrong with them.Also if your battery is bit dodgy park on a hill and just roll down in third gear to start car, i did this for six months one year !!
1 Like #15
As everybody said: jump start and drive for some time.

If battery still loosing power, check first if requires water (there is a properly water for batteries that you can buy even in halfords or car parts stores). Cheap models requires water and if the water is not there the battery will not charge full. After fill with water try a jump start again...

If the battery is totally dead (which is rare) I recommend [url]www.eurocarparts.com[/url]. I bought one last year for £50 quid for my old Land Rover, was cheap considering the size of the battery.

Labour? Common... Move your a**... unscrew the old battery and put the new one there...

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