Dead battery charges but then dies

acura
integra
batteries

#1

I have a 1992 Acura integra (150,000 miles) as a spare car. I use it about once a week for very short local trips. I didn’t start it for 3 weeks and battery died. It charges up but first time it died in a few minutes. Second time, it died a few minutes later after I tried to put it in drive to give it a spin around the block. Anyone know what’s up with it?


#2

How old is the battery?


#3

Check alternator output also. Could be a bad alternator hastened the demise of this battery.


#4

If that is the original 5 year old battery, it most likely is dead and needs to be replaced. Most auto part stores will check it and the charging system for you.


#5

What you are seeing is a surface charge only, the battery has lost most of its capacity. Sometimes, they can be brought back but it is probably better to just replace it.


#6

It’s probably 3-4 years old. Someone suggested to me that I need to leave the clamps from the battery charger on longer when I jump start the car.