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Old 10-12-2002, 05:25 PM
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Can I recharge the dead battery from my E320 -'95

If battery is dead, can it be recharged under some conditions, eg. say the cause of death was that I left the headlights on?
Car is 1995 E320 and battery is MB brand.
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Old 10-12-2002, 05:36 PM
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Funny you should ask that. My car just stranded me Friday night -culprit was a dead/bad battery (> 4years old). I think you can recharge by jumping the car and then let the altenator do the rest. Read the owners manual for the correct conection sequnce for the cables first.
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Old 10-12-2002, 10:07 PM
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To answer your question - there should not be any problem if you hook a charger up to it, set it on the lower setting and let it charge overnight.
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Old 10-13-2002, 01:09 AM
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ans. most probably depends on a number of factors

>if there is a dead cell- it won't hold sufficient capacity
>if fluids are sufficient % (use hydrometer test)

doesn't hurt to try

hope this helps

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Old 10-14-2002, 08:10 AM
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can bad batteries be resuscitated?

Does "de-sulfation" actually work? Anybody have any experience with the little trickle chargers that are touted to revive dead batteries.

"A battery conditioner uses a sweep pulse technology that dissolves sulfation in lead-acid batteries to extend battery life and increase battery performance," is the claim.
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Old 10-14-2002, 11:05 AM
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You can trickle charge the battery and get a bit more service.

Being a four year old battery though, I would consider eventual replacement. If there is any problem with the battery (dead cell, etc.), your alternator will have to work harder...
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Old 10-14-2002, 11:21 AM
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thanks all.
turns out that the battery is dead as a doornail... :-)
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