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  1. George Carlin Blue Belt

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    I have a battery that has failed to start my car and has needed jumping before. Right now I am at a hotel, 7 hours into a 20 hour drive from Texas to California. During this drive there are like 3-5 hour stints of driving through the middle of the desert. Through my own googling I found that once the car is started, it can run off the alternator even if the battery is bad. I have 100$ to my name, a company gas card so gas isn't an issue.... But still planned on getting one more cheap hotel on the drive... I have no way of telling how much more life my alternator has. I'm willing to get a jump or two on the way, but I can't risk the alternator giving out in the middle of nowhere and the car just stopping. Should I spend the money on a new battery tomorrow and just sleep at a rest stop? Or should I trust the alternator and just go for it? I appreciate any advice. thank you
     
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    Sorry, I can't help you.

    Good luck
     
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    Exactly how I feel. I am a failure as a man
     
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    Even if the car can run off the alternator, are you certain it doesn't need a battery in circuit for this to be successful? If it does not, you might be OK to run off the alternator only and just don't stop the car (or when you do stop the car, get a jump start).
    There is no real reason the alternator will fail in the next 20 hours of driving - unless the reason the bbattery is fucked is because the alternator was playing up (for instance, incorrect voltage regulation or intermittent output).
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    If you are confident the alternator is not damaged and it did not damage the battery and you can reliably get a jump start when you stop the car for your sleep tonight. Then fuck it, drive away and save your money. Of course you'll need a battery at the other end are you confident you will somehow luck into money then?
     
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    From what you wrote, there is no reason to suspect the alternator will give you any problems. Just try not to stop the engine. You don't have to turn off teh engine even when buying gas. That's a myth. People in super cold climates always leave the car running while they fill it up. So basically, get a jump if you need one, then keep it running if you need gas. If you need food, go through the drive through. If you need to piss, go in the empty cup. If you need to shit, god help you.
     
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    I have no idea if it needs a battery in circuit for it to be successful.... I just know a jump usually works, but this is a particularly long drive, and for the life of me I can't Google the average life of an alternator with a bad battery.... And dude if I can just get the car home, I won't be worried about paying for a battery. What I'm worried about is standing next to a dead car 5 hours in either direction of any form of society.
    But again, I didn't know what an alternator was even a few hours ago. That's why I was asking for help. I know you aren't a psychic mechanic, I was just asking for maybe general advice, because I literally have no idea what the fuck I'm talking about
     
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    Thank you guys
     
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    Some good advice above. 20 hours of driving and only one hotel stop? I would make it two. Do you have a credit card? A new battery will probably cost around $150 - not sure what size battery or car you are driving. Don't know if folks in your route will have the right size battery in stock. If you are driving 5 hours through the desert, make sure your radiator is in working order (fluid). Make sure you have enough oil in the engine. Also, there are only so many jump-starts a battery can take before it goes out completely. Don't see the starter as a problem. What year car are you driving?

    Also, check with your car insurance company to see if they provide emergency road service. Make sure you have a good spare tire if you need it in the middle of nowhere. Engine oil and radiator fluid will be way more important than your battery driving hours through the desert. Good Luck.
     
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    The battery doesn't have to charge for the engine to run, you can just do it.

    Pack water.
     
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    I'm driving a 2007 honda pilot. I've only jumped the battery twice before. I've made the drive with one stop a couple times before, but I'm currently going through insane alchohol withdrawals so I'd really like to save the money for one more hotel. I seriously thought another battery would be like 40$ tops, so that really narrows the options when I only have 100$. I got an oil change right before starting the drive, but I'm not sure about radiator fluid. No credit card, no spare tire... It was really a desperate situation that led to this drive... I'm kind of fucked if anything goes wrong. Like it's a seriously stressful fingers crossed drive. Losing my mind worried about possibilities, that's why I came to sherdog. My oldest friends haha
     
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    Use some sand paper or Coca Cola on your battery terminals to remove any corrosion.
    This would give that weak alternator its best chance.
     
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    Just think: "What would George Carlin do?".
     
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    Well, you are not going to be in a life threatening situation. Plenty of other drivers on the road who can help you. Not a big deal, but I would certainly have prepared myself better for this drive. Maybe even taking the bus. Hondas are solid cars. Check the coolant fluid container (white plastic 'bottle' with black plastic cap). The fluid may be 'green' in color. Make sure it is at least 50% full with the engine running (engine hot). Do NOT fuck with the radiator cap - the metal cap to the radiator. You can also buy the 'Fix-a-Flat' can for a flat tire.
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    If you can find a parts store like Autozone, they’ll test the battery and alternator for free. The alternator can shit itself at anytime, theres no way to tell. But its more likely to be the battery. But a bad battery is taxing on the alternator. You can get a battery that’ll get you there for under $100 if thats the problem.
     
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    You can get a charger and connect it to the mains at one end and your car battery at the other. This will charge your battery up. You should have enough charge to start your vehicle within 30 mins max. A cheap one might cost about 30-40$.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/143-2294295-2660930?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=car+battery+charger

    You can check the alternator with an alternator tester 10-15$

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=alternator+tester

    The above procedures are very simple and require no knowhow or tools.
     
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  19. Uber_Noober Silver Belt

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    Where are you in the I-10? I’ve been making that drive a couple times a year. I’d get a battery, I drive for 15 hours and sleep in my truck. Get up and drive some more, I get a hotel when I get to the big horn. Drive at night while it’s cooler and just cruise don’t think you have to beat the piss out of your car.
     
  20. MoparOrNoCar Red Belt

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    I'd use the money to get a gun. I've seen enough movies to know what goes down when you break down in the middle of the desert.
     

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