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Old 01-08-2004, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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does any one know where i can get a voltage meter for a 93 325is? sucks how the car doesn't have one, so never know when the battery is going bad or not.
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a volt meter won't tell you when your abttery is getting weak. it will tell you if your alt is charging low. the OBC would probably let you know if the alt was charging low though
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are you sure the obc tells if the battery is low? i don't think it does because I had a bad battery before and the obc didn't read that my battery was dying. is the only way to tell if the battery is low is if the interior lights blink?
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i was saying if your alternator was charging low the OBC would recognize it, but i'm not sure.

the correct way to test a battery is to load test it with a battery tester.

another DIY way is to turn on your head lights, and then start your car.
if your car is hard to start (turns over slow) or the headlights get real dim while you are starting your car then most likely you rabttery is getting weak.
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thanks for the tip. yea that means i probably have to change my battery soon since my car kinda starts up slow. damn there goes some cash down the drain
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down the drain?

its goin into your ride, people would laugh at you pop starting your bimmer everyday, plus remembering to part down hill can get old fast :lol:
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haha true but when your low on cash like i am, you just gotta think about the purchases you make. hopefully my friend that's a mechanic gots a battery he doesn't need lying around. well the car is not actually pop starting but I can tell that the battery is going to die soon.
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