Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dayton, Ohio
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When my Dad leaves his Smartcar unrun in the driveway for a month, the battery is dead, requiring him to get AAA to jump it via the floor carpet removal.
#1) How can I tell if his battery is one of the defective ones that should be replaced for free by the dealer? I think he had some software upgrade for the shifting done, but not sure if that included the battery.
#2) Barring that, is there some other way of hooking up a float charger to the battery from the outside, without having to peel up the carpet and leave the door ajar or a cord fed through the door bottom to maintain the charge? Like is there some other charging location to which a charger could be hooked other than directly through the carpet to the battery? Maybe there's some hole through which I could feed the charger cord and leave the contacts hooked to the battery between chargings.