How is your weather?


#1422

That much snow? what’s NWS?


#1423

Yep, that much snow. NWS = National Weather Service


#1424

Spring weather in February, no complaints :slight_smile:


#1425

Overnight low of 36° at my location in Vista CA.


#1426

Locally almost six inches of rain last night, more today, raining hard for the last two hours


#1427

Coldest overnight low of the year here 26 frosty degrees. Exceptionally unusual for the west coast to get it’s coldest weather late February. Meanwhile the Arctic is running 50F over it’s norm for this time of year #bizzare


#1428

Ugh, more rain this morning, we got another half inch. Plus, it’s supposed to storm here tonight with more heavy rain. At least it hasn’t been freezing cold lately or we’d be getting humongous snowfalls.

The grass sure has been greening up a lot this week. I’d imagine in a month or so we’ll have to start mowing.


#1429

Right around normal for this time of year - chilly and damp but mostly above freezing


#1430

Quite warm. Not terribly unusual here. The big thing is if it stays this way or gets cool again. Weatherman says maybe some thirties in March but doesn’t see any Frost or freeze in the forecast. God I hope he’s right. My stuff is full of leaves and some are even blooming


#1431

Raining here right now. FINALLY.


#1432

48F this afternoon…heatwave. Snow is about gone, but still plenty of ice in spots. Should be mostly gone by the end of the week.

No hints of any prolonged heat …mainly normal ish temps thru first week or 2 of March.


#1433

Amazing Rob, I’m only 2 hours away and yet we’ve got the deepest snowpack right now since 2013! I need snowshoes just to bring the kitchen scraps out to the compost pile.


#1434

Well, it appears the winter of '18 has cost me another car battery. I tried starting the truck today, and nothing. Tried jumping it, nothing. Voltage read about 11V, so it was not in good shape. Probably to be expected, it was an older battery, and the truck sat for at least the last 3 months without starting it, including that brutal cold spell last month.

Took it back to the store, it had about 80 cranking amps on it. It had a 3 year replacement warranty on it which expired, yep, last month. :grimacing: It did have a pro-rated 5 year deal on it, but it still cost me $60 for a replacement.

I don’t even want to try starting my mower, after it’s been sitting in the shed for at least 4 months since last using it. The battery had to be charged last year, so I imagine it’s muerto as well.

That would make a trifecta of dead batteries for me.

Yay.


#1435

Get yourself some Battery Tender Jrs. Solves a lot of battery storage issues


#1436

Thanks, that’s not a bad idea, and they’re not that expensive.

I got a trickle charger recently for the other batteries we have, like the mower and tractor. I had trouble starting the tractor last month when it was very cold, but it wasn’t really the battery, because when I let the block heater run a while it started right up. I haven’t checked the mower yet, I suspect it may be bad, but I might get lucky with it.


#1437

heat kills batteries even more so than the cold…I run the x2 power battery, in my offroad truck, and it takes a beating…lots of idling, running a winch and getting bounced around. It’s a true dual purpose battery, starting/deep cycle and comes with a 48 month free replacement. They’re found at Batteries plus and while they’re not inexpensive, in my mind they’re worth the $$…


#1438

A couple of other approaches for batteries which you aren’t using regularly in the winter:

Putting them on a trickle charger (or a small solar panel) as discussed. But be careful of the cheap trickle chargers, I’ve had them go bad and ruin a battery.

Take the battery out of the vehicle and store it indoors in a warmer spot. If you do this you still should charge it up every couple months or so. This also helps during really cold periods. A warm battery has much more power than one at -5F.

Drag the charger out to those batteries every month or two to keep them charged up. An “intelligent” charger which will pulse and then automatically shut down does a much better job on the batteries. Also good to do this the day/night before you plan on starting the vehicle if its been idle for a while.


#1439

Thanks for all the suggestions. We got the battery swapped out, and same result as before. A single click and no start, the cab lights dim when the ignition is turned on.

I called a friend of ours and he came over to check it out. To eliminate the starter relay, he shorted its contacts while I turned on the ignition, same result.

He’s suspecting something with the starter, either the solenoid or the starter itself. He wants to remove the starter (with the solenoid), and try to see if it’ll crank using another voltage source. He’s going to do that tomorrow.

He’s thinking the cold caused the starter to go bad, how so, I don’t know. Is it possible it’s seized up and won’t crank no matter what? Any other suggestions?


#1440

Thanks. Is it safe to bring a battery into a house to charge it? Or would it vent off some hazardous fumes while charging?


#1441

I’ve heard of heat killing a starter but never the cold…having said that, starters can fail too with relatively little notice. since you already checked the relay…clicking however is a sign that the battery is low on cranking amps…