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Hi

So I have a dead battery today, not starting just flickers, I would like help on options whether to charge it or buy a new one

Also which brand to buy, options between duracel, exide or bosch

I hadn't driven the car since Saturday so been there for 3 days.

I've had the car for 2 years and haven't touched the battery not sure how long they changed it before that.

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I wouldn't rush into buying a new battery before knowing that the old one was definitely duff. Honda sell batteries with an excellent spec for around the same price as ECP or Halfords... In fact, Honda was the cheapest option when I bought mine.
 

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I've used Varta on many cars for years and wouldn't recommend anything else...
 

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I wouldn't rush into buying a new battery before knowing that the old one was definitely duff. Honda sell batteries with an excellent spec for around the same price as ECP or Halfords... In fact, Honda was the cheapest option when I bought mine.
How would I test it,

I'm going to take it out later

Multimeter? It should read 12v ?

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I wouldn't rush into buying a new battery before knowing that the old one was definitely duff. Honda sell batteries with an excellent spec for around the same price as ECP or Halfords... In fact, Honda was the cheapest option when I bought mine.
I can buy one from coxmotorparts but not sure if the quality

Its made by Lucas

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How would I test it,

I'm going to take it out later

Multimeter? It should read 12v ?

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As you've said it's flat, expect it to have less than 12v.

I've flattened mine in the past by not shutting the rear hatch properly-24 hours was enough to flatten the battery. After a couple of hours of charge the battery started the car fine.

If yours charges fine and starts the car I would also check the alternator belt tension. (After saying all that, when my partner's auto civic flattened its battery leaving her stranded, I just took it to a local battery supplier who fitted a new one for approx. £50/2 year warranty-saved any possible future hassle!))
 
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As you've said it's flat, expect it to have less than 12v.

I've flattened mine in the past by not shutting the rear hatch properly-24 hours was enough to flatten the battery. After a couple of hours of charge the battery started the car fine.

If yours charges fine and starts the car I would also check the alternator belt tension. (After saying all that, when my partner's auto civic flattened its battery leaving her stranded, I just took it to a local battery supplier who fitted a new one for approx. £50/2 year warranty-saved any possible future hassle!))
I think I'll start by charging it and take it from there,
I'll keep a eye on the voltages for the future and look out for any deals on batteries too.

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I went for a Bosch S4 battery from Eurocarparts, used one of there discount codes and it worked out cheaper than anywhere else for the same level battery.
Worth checking out as they have 20% off this week with a site code also they have a forum discount code on here, also you can get a forum discount with Cox motor parts site.
 

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Take the car to a kwikfit type place and have your battery drop tested, that will give you the full picture. Any charged battery will read 12v, but a duff one won't be able to supply the current, so using your multimeter won't help too much.
Although you could use it to test that the alternator is charging OK and also look for parasitic drains... Two common issues that cause flat batteries.

Has it got an HFT?
 

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Although you could use it to test that the alternator is charging OK and also look for parasitic drains... Two common issues that cause flat batteries.

Has it got an HFT?
No HFT

Any idea what the draw should be when the car is locked?

8amps or 3amps I can't remember

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I had a new one delivered just yesterday from Cox. While the ones from Europarts came out cheaper, the genuine Honda one (which I understand from others on the forum is made by Yuasa), had higher Ah and CCA. Worth double checking before you purchase.
 

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I had a new one delivered just yesterday from Cox. While the ones from Europarts came out cheaper, the genuine Honda one (which I understand from others on the forum is made by Yuasa), had higher Ah and CCA. Worth double checking before you purchase.
I thought it was made by Lucas, so I didn't consider it.

What is the Ah and CCA on it BTW

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The 2.2 Diesel one is 74aH and 680CCA
The 1.8 Petrol one is 48aH and 420CCA

I should say these are taken from the picture on Cox's website (although I can vouch for the accuracy of the petrol one as that's what I had delivered).
 
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