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Simple fix...battery not charging now works

6407 Views 12 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  b1shmu63
To all of those Insighters who helped me troubleshoot my battery not charging when I braked, thanks a bunch for your help.

It now charges when I brake and I'm a little embarrased as to what the problem was. For whatever reason I learned (many years ago) to drive a manual transmission by putting the car in neutral when I brake. Well as everyone else on here probably knows, you need to brake with the car in gear to get full charging of the battery. It doesn't charge at all when you brake in neutral.

Well I was driving down the road with the car in third gear and hit the brake on accident and there it was charging fully! I couldn't believe it. I researched, talked to mechanics, etc and nobody could figure it out. I guess sometimes starting with the simple solution is the best. Either way I definitely learned a lot about my insight in the process and a little about driving 101.

On a good note, the guy I bought the car from on e-bay was prepared to stand behind the car 100% and was extremely helpful. So to anyone looking to buy on e-bay, have faith, do your research, but don't be affraid to go for it.

Thanks again for all the feedback.
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I too am glad that it all works well. I think I need to take an English course to better my writting (and you do not know how 'well' I speak :( )
Or could I write in French and you would translate in a Web service
Merci Kip, je croyais avoir plus de chance d’être compris en changeant de langue écrite.

Dans le message de Mike, il me semblait avoir été assez clair en indiquant la solution la plus évidente: celle de garder le moteur embrayé.
J’y avais écrit que le moteur doit tourner pour recharger la batterie donc il ne fallait utiliser l’embrayage qu’a basse vitesse pour éviter de caler le moteur.

I have tried to use the translation service from Google to translate the above: the result is not understanable at all. Oh well, I'll keep writting in English then.
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