Dead battery '01 lw300

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Oppie, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Well, it finally happened to me. I've read about the L-series and how when
    the battery gets weak, you turn the key and don't even get a click. Thought
    it would never happen to me but it did and at the worst possible time too.

    I was in Vermont last week and found that you could drive nearly all the way
    to the summit of Mt. Okemo. The wife and I along with our two cocker
    spaniels made the trip and parked near the top where the paved road changes
    to a rocky dirt road. It's about another 1/4 mile to the summit by the trail
    and I hiked it with the dogs. Wife stayed in the car. I should also note
    that the wife has some medical problems and though I didn't think that 3200
    feet height would be a problem, it was. In the 20 minutes it took me to kike
    to the summit and back, wife had been running the blower - on high - with
    the engine off! Needless to say, the battery was dead and the wife nearly so
    with purple lips. I was about to roll the car down the hill using the foot
    and hand brakes which would have been very scary (no guard rails and several
    hundred feet drop on one side of road). Thankfully another car approached
    and gave us a jump. As we got down toward the base lodge, wife began to pink
    up again and all was well. Whew! Now seriously considering the purchase of
    one of those emergency battery packs. Also going to cary a cylinder of

    The battery probably was the original in the 2001 LW300 and didn't want to
    take any chances even though it otherwise seemed fine. Drove into Rutland
    and got a Sears Die Hard (no pun).

    Oppie, Aug 16, 2006
  2. Oppie

    SnoMan Guest

    Given how cheap it is to replace a battery these days if you shop
    around and the risk of being stranded when they fail, there is no
    reason to try to stretch them to the last start. I replace my bateries
    every 3 or 4 years even if they are still working.
    SnoMan, Aug 16, 2006
  3. Oppie

    BläBlä Guest

    Wow havent see you around here in a long time Oppie!
    BläBlä, Aug 16, 2006
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