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My check engine light was on, so I checked the battery, no water! I added some and then I charged it. Now when you go to start car its like no connection. I waited a while and it starts! Any ideas?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA R Zych, You may have faulty cell in the battery as well, you can have your battery bench/load tested for accuracy

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hi There, Good job checking out your car. When you added water it is important you use distilled water. Sounds to me like you have 2 issues that need attention. The first one is your car not starting. There are many things that can cause a feeling of "not making a connection".A starter not engaging can be one. The second issue is the check engine light. The engine light is an emission light. Bring your car into the auto shop of have the "codes" read from the scanner to tell you what the cause of the light is. At that time, have the shop check your charging system. Mechanically yours, Audra www. women auto

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Check engine monitors numerous emissions conditions of the engine. Take to someone who can run test on battery

Kristin Brocoff, Director of Corporate Communications at Dear R Zych, It sounds like you may have two separate problems brewing. First, the check engine light is not typically tied to batter-related problems. To help diagnose why your check engine light came on, I recommend having your car scanned by a code reader or other on-board diagnostic tool. You can have your local automotive shop or dealership do this for you, or you can purchase a product like CarMD, which will tell you what*s wrong and the most likely fix * even if it*s an intermittent problem. As for your battery, most newer model vehicles have sealed batteries. You don*t usually add anything to them, but if you were to add anything at all it would usually be acid and not water. You may want to go to the local auto parts store to get a simple batter tester to check your battery*s condition and state of charge. These battery testers are usually under $20 and plug right into your cigarette lighter. Best of luck to you, Kristin Brocoff, Corp.

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello R Zych- another thing you can do is to make sure your battery posts & connections are clean, tight & good shape- hope this helps; thanks Super Girls Auto.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear R Zych, I*m not sure that the check engine light would have turned on due to a battery issue. Usually the battery light comes on. However, if the battery was empty of water, that is an issue. Batteries today are made to be maintenance free. Which means we don*t add water anymore. When you did have to add water it was distilled only. I would take your vehicle to a place like Auto Zone or Advance Auto and have them run a free battery check. This will tell you if the battery is good and truly holding a charge. If your check engine light is still on I would have that checked as well. Advance Auto will read the code for free. Good luck. Lori Johnson

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