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What's the Best Way to Keep a Battery Charged?

Marty has a GMC pickup that he rarely uses. What's the best way to keep the battery charged? 

Is LED in Device Charger Drawing Down the Battery?

Alan unplugs all the chargers for his electronic gizmos when he parks overnight. Is he wasting his time? Car Talk explains how long it would take for an LED light to impact the battery, right here

Does a Faster Engine Equal a Faster Battery Charge?

Today: Chris heard that you can recharge your battery faster by running your engine faster. Is this true? Car Talk weighs in, right here. 

Is it OK to Disconnect the Battery for Eight Months?

Vinnie has a Subaru Outback that he only uses for winter driving. He wonders if it's OK to disconnect the battery and leave it sitting for eight months out of the year. Car Talk's answer, right here. 

Breakthrough Batteries: Fighting to be the Next Big Thing

Today's standard lithium-ion cells are today's standard, but disruptive technology that's cheaper, lasts longer and charges faster may be around the corner. Here's what's in the works.

Jury's Still Out on Aftermarket Batteries

Anne's Prius needs a new battery and she's tempted to replace it with a much-cheaper, aftermarket version. Tom and Ray aren't quite ready to endorse this move yet because they don't know enough about these batteries. Want to help Tom and Ray? If you've replaced your hybrid battery with an aftermarket part, write in and tell us what happened. 

Today: Harvey's Harebrained Idea

Harvey has an idea... he wants to develop a lawnmower type pull-start system to start his truck in case the battery dies and there's no one around to give him a jump. Just how bad is this idea? And what should he do instead? Tom and Ray's take, right here.

Perk Up a Dead Battery With . . . Cola?

Martha's car battery died this week and her neighbor suggested that she pour a can of Coke on it to clean off the corrosion. Martha is skeptical. Tom and Ray talk about this and other home remedies for batteries. Find out what works and what doesn't, right here. 

What's Corroding Jen's Battery?

Jen's battery keeps getting corrosion on its terminals, but the battery is only 5 or 6 years old. Can Tom and Ray explalin what's going on?

Who's to Blame When the Battery Dies?

Sarah's son listens to the radio in the car while the engine is off, but Sarah worries this will drain the battery. Her son says that his friends do this all the time and haven't killed a battery yet. Will Tom and Ray back Sarah up? Or will they endorse the collective wisdom of a group of teenage boys?


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