1998 Jaguar Vanden Plas V8 Two Wheel Drive 85000 miles
My father had a new battery put in his Jaguar about 2 months before he passed away. I only drove the car a couple times over the following 6 months. I then drove it for about an hour and parked it in the garage. I went to drive it two weeks later, and it would not start - the battery had lost its charge. (The temperature had been around 20 Fahrenheit for several days.) My father had always had it serviced at the dealer, so I took it there. They checked the battery and charged it and said that I should drive it weekly for at least 20 minutes to charge the battery. He said the battery checked out fine. I tried to drive it every 6 days (long story), but had to wait 8 days, and it happened again. After several iterations of this, the dealer told me that many high end cars have this problem, and that I should hook it up to a trickle charger. I do this, but I don't know whether to believe the dealer or not. Is it possible that the battery really is faulty? Now I'm afraid to drive it in case it won't start up again when I leave to come home. I'm wondering if it is not getting recharged as I drive it. I was thinking of buying a battery gauge (if such a thing exists) so that I can see how much juice it has before I take it anywhere. If it just keeps going down after driven, would this indicate that it's not charging during driving, and that the alternator is at fault? (I know nothing about cars, so please forgive me if this is dumb.)
have the same problem?
Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 10:24 AM