Dead battery and clatter between seats?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by B. Peg, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. B. Peg

    B. Peg Guest

    Went to start the ol' SL2 and it barely cranked and gave up. Another
    battery so soon? It's one year old and new alternator is around 6 months
    old. Battery was not replaced when the alternator died so that may be the
    answer. I know the heat has been bad this year (heat gauge hit the 3/4 and
    touched the red more than a few times), but the strange thing was some
    relay-like clatter between the seats even continuing when the key was off.

    Anyone ever hear this relay clatter before when the battery went - or is it
    something new to worry about?

    B. Peg, Sep 26, 2003
  2. I just recently replaced my batt on a 97SL2 and a couple of weird electrical
    issues magically cured themselves. This car seems really sensitive to
    voltage changes.

    The first electrical oddity was the left, rear power widow. It was
    pausing/stopping when I raised it from the front seat console switch (the
    control on the rear window worked perfectly) - I assumed it was a failing
    switch, however with the new batt it works perfectly.

    The other one (and maybe just coincidental) was my cooling fan remained
    running after I switched the car off and got out of the car. I got back in
    the car put the key back in, switched to on, then off and then the fan went
    Jonnie Santos, Sep 26, 2003
  3. B. Peg

    B. Peg Guest

    I just replaced the battery and all seems well. The guy at the parts store
    said batteries seem to be failing a lot due to the high heat. A year seems
    pretty short but he says some are coming back shorter than that. Comment
    was "The don't build them like they used too."

    B. Peg, Sep 26, 2003
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