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Old Oct 23rd 2009, 6:20 pm
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I am just baffled, my car has gone flat on me on two occasions today, I bought it brand new (Hyundai Tucson) only 12 months ago... is this normal? I am going to try calling the dealership tomorrow and just wanted to know if I have an argument.. I don't have breakdown cover on my insurance either and its not sparking up again ( currently in my apartment car park).
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Old Oct 23rd 2009, 7:10 pm
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I am just baffled, my car has gone flat on me on two occasions today, I bought it brand new (Hyundai Tucson) only 12 months ago... is this normal? I am going to try calling the dealership tomorrow and just wanted to know if I have an argument.. I don't have breakdown cover on my insurance either and its not sparking up again ( currently in my apartment car park).
Battery is probably shot
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or the alternator...
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or the alternator...
Here in Florida batteries struggle to last 2 years ...must be even worse there ...
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Here in Florida batteries struggle to last 2 years ...must be even worse there ...
true, but even so, 12 months is taking the mick...alternator should be warrantied, battery probably not...

If the alternator ain't warranted, replace battery and keep the original for a couple weeks to see what happens, still dud, it's the alternator and return the battery...what my local garage suggested I do when I had the same issue....turned out to be dead battery....but when did they get so pricey? $150 was a laugh...one before I got was only $55
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true, but even so, 12 months is taking the mick...alternator should be warrantied, battery probably not...

If the alternator ain't warranted, replace battery and keep the original for a couple weeks to see what happens, still dud, it's the alternator and return the battery...what my local garage suggested I do when I had the same issue....turned out to be dead battery....but when did they get so pricey? $150 was a laugh...one before I got was only $55
Bob ..this is the ME ..these people shit $50 bills
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I am just baffled, my car has gone flat on me on two occasions today, I bought it brand new (Hyundai Tucson) only 12 months ago... is this normal? I am going to try calling the dealership tomorrow and just wanted to know if I have an argument.. I don't have breakdown cover on my insurance either and its not sparking up again ( currently in my apartment car park).
As someone said batteries dont last more than 18 months here, especially the cheaper asian ones. However I guess you have 3 choices.

1. Dive right in and replace the battery for 150-200 Dhms. May not be the fault though!

2. Get someone to take off the +ve terminal from the battery and with nothing switched on get a DC current meter and put in series with the +ve lead and the battery and see if anything is drawing current which shouldnt happen if ignition is off and no lights on..all doors shut for example.
I know you wont have a meter but that could be the fault.

3. If the alternator has failed there should be a red light on the instrument panel showing when the engine is running. I know you now have a flat battery so you need a friend or someone with jump leads to get you started so you can check if the red warning light is on to show the alternator is not charging!

Or get a garage to help.

Good luck!

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As someone said batteries dont last more than 18 months here, especially the cheaper asian ones. However I guess you have 3 choices.

1. Dive right in and replace the battery for 150-200 Dhms. May not be the fault though!

2. Get someone to take off the +ve terminal from the battery and with nothing switched on get a DC current meter and put in series with the +ve lead and the battery and see if anything is drawing current which shouldnt happen if ignition is off and no lights on..all doors shut for example.
I know you wont have a meter but that could be the fault.

3. If the alternator has failed there should be a red light on the instrument panel showing when the engine is running. I know you now have a flat battery so you need a friend or someone with jump leads to get you started so you can check if the red warning light is on to show the alternator is not charging!

Or get a garage to help.

Good luck!

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...or get a car that won't leave you "Hy un Drai".
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...or get a car that won't leave you "Hy un Drai".
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my battery is nearly 3, says looking to touch wood
It'll fail soon.

My prado just popped its clogs...nearly 4 years old
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It'll fail soon.

My prado just popped its clogs...nearly 4 years old
I keep thinking that everyday, doing well though
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I keep thinking that everyday, doing well though
err it wont really give you much warning!! id seriously change it.
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It'll fail soon.

My prado just popped its clogs...nearly 4 years old
So did mine after he same time...just changed the battery for a new one. No problems now.
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