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Old 08-16-2017, 03:03 PM   #11
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Glad you got it fixed and were man enough to tell us what it was
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Did the yellow top fit your base?

With reasonable care, you shouldn't ever need to connect that charger to the new battery. You shouldn't need a battery tender if you use that disconnect switch often and don't have any kind of bypass wire on it.
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The fix- I traded in my new Red Top for a Yellow top Optima and paid the difference. Bought the Home Depot Charger. Turn key to start- No engine turn over. So I got my test light and went checking. Guess what?- My battery disconnect switch in the trunk was turned to disconnect. 57 started immediately.

What to learn here besides being a dumb ass?

I assumed that since I left on my headlight switch and ran the battery dead that it was the problem. Somewhere in the process I flipped the disconnect switch and forgot I did.

Oh well - I got a better battery and a better charger.

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Thanks for sharing that John. It makes me feel I'm not alone when similar circumstances arise in our garage.

The original dead red top that wouldn't take a charge still needed to be replaced nonetheless.

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Thanks for sharing that John. It makes me feel I'm not alone when similar circumstances arise in our garage!

Ain't that the truth! I'm a blunder waiting to happen.



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You might consider wiring your shutoff switch so that everything is dead when you turn the switch to off. If that had been the case, the switch is probably the first thing you would have tried.
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The two main problems with 'disconnect switches'....

1) Remembering to 'turn it off' when the car is going to sit...

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2) Remembering to 'turn it on' when you are ready to use the car again!~

Seems it's all just a 'memory problem'...
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The fix- I traded in my new Red Top for a Yellow top Optima and paid the difference. Bought the Home Depot Charger. Turn key to start- No engine turn over. So I got my test light and went checking. Guess what?- My battery disconnect switch in the trunk was turned to disconnect. 57 started immediately.
What to learn here besides being a dumb ass?
I assumed that since I left on my headlight switch and ran the battery dead that it was the problem. Somewhere in the process I flipped the disconnect switch and forgot I did.
Oh well - I got a better battery and a better charger.
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