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what happens if you leave your car headlights on?

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what happens if you leave your car headlights on?

i left the headlights on for 6 hours...i'm worried, what will that do to my car? by the way, i have a 1998 honda accord.
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might as well buy a new car......
it's a goner...

considerate it a lesson learned.
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You just need a boost.


How old is your battery?

You may have killed the battery is all.
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shakermaker wrote:
Mar 10th, 2011 11:04 pm
You just need a boost.


How old is your battery?

You may have killed the battery is all.

i'm not sure, my dad takes care of the car...lol does that mean i have to buy a new one or just recharge it? sorry, i don't know anything about cars..i'm a girl! lol
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It depends, the battery could be as old as 10 years. If you dont know how old it is on a car that is that old you should probably just have it replaced anyway. How long has he/you owned the car? You should be able to get it replaced for anywhere from $75 - $150.

Just call around local shops and get a quotes.
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shakermaker wrote:
Mar 10th, 2011 11:19 pm
It depends, the battery could be as old as 10 years. If you dont know how old it is on a car that is that old you should probably just have it replaced anyway. How long has he/you owned the car? You should be able to get it replaced for anywhere from $75 - $150.

Just call around local shops and get a quotes.

we've had it for about 7 years...thanks for the info, i'm glad to hear that the battery isn't too expensive!
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jma2353 wrote:
Mar 10th, 2011 11:05 pm
i'm not sure, my dad takes care of the car...lol does that mean i have to buy a new one or just recharge it? sorry, i don't know anything about cars..i'm a girl! lol

just start it up and go for a 30 mins drive to charge up the battery.
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What he said ^

Does the car even start? If it does, then just drive around to charge it back up. If the batt is as old as the car, then it isn't a bad idea to get it replaced.
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jma2353 wrote:
Mar 10th, 2011 10:59 pm
i left the headlights on for 6 hours...i'm worried, what will that do to my car? by the way, i have a 1998 honda accord.

Nothing to a car but your battery is likely 80% depleted. This will definitely reduce battery life (unless you have a deep cycle battery which is unlikely) but if it is new recharge it ASAP and it will likely work. If it is old replace it as it won't hold charge well.
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yeah, it started, thank god...then i drove it for about 15 minutes, mostly on the highway, so it should be fine right? and i'm not sure but i think the battery was replaced a year ago.
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jma2353 wrote:
Mar 10th, 2011 11:37 pm
yeah, it started, thank god...then i drove it for about 15 minutes, mostly on the highway, so it should be fine right? and i'm not sure but i think the battery was replaced a year ago.

If its a 1 - 3 year old battery and the car starts right now, you're be back in business.

Not to worry.
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To avoid this happening again (as it does cause some irreversible damage to your battery), consider fitting one of these: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2062397

Here's how to install it in a 5-min. job: http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=290569

As there was enough juice left in your battery to energize the starter motor, probably no harm in running the car to recharge the battery.
But as a general rule, when a battery is severely discharged a battery charger should be used to bring it back up - not the alternator.
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macnut wrote:
Mar 11th, 2011 1:34 am
To avoid this happening again (as it does cause some irreversible damage to your battery), consider fitting one of these: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2062397

Here's how to install it in a 5-min. job: http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=290569

As there was enough juice left in your battery to energize the starter motor, probably no harm in running the car to recharge the battery.
But as a general rule, when a battery is severely discharged a battery charger should be used to bring it back up - not the alternator.

thanks...its only 3.50, so it's probably something i'll consider doing :)
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jma2353 wrote:
Mar 10th, 2011 11:05 pm
i'm not sure, my dad takes care of the car...lol does that mean i have to buy a new one or just recharge it? sorry, i don't know anything about cars..i'm a girl! lol
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