Dead Battery

Post by Mark


My Wrangler’s battery died today while trying to leave the Avenues. Its not the first time this has happened, the first time was two years ago when I was trying to leave Souk Sharq. That same day I posted about it on my blog on how Jeep’s Road Assist was amazing, that was on June 4, 2006. Thats nearly exactly two years later (off by just two days) except this time Jeep’s Road Assist wasn’t there to save me. The Road Assist number wouldn’t connect me to anyone, I would call and it would ring twice then I would get a beep and the line would die. I tried over and over and it wouldn’t work.

I didn’t even have jumper cables so I just walked back into Avenues and headed to Carrefour and bought some cheap ass cables for like KD1.300 (they sucked, need to get a better pair). When I got back to the car I asked the parking security if they had a plan for a situation like this, I figured they might have a tow truck number or maybe an emergency jump starter kit but turned out they didn’t have anything of that sort. Instead the security guard was kind enough to help me find a car that was willing to help me jump start my Jeep.

After jump starting the car it turned out if I removed my foot from the gas pedal the car would die on me instantly so after restarting the car again I had to drive with two feet, one on the brakes and the other constantly holding down the throttle. Luckily I didn’t have to drive too far, I was planning on taking my Jeep to service it at the dealer tomorrow so I just drove the car to the garage which was just 5 minutes away. Once I parked the Jeep outside and removed my foot of the gas pedal the car died again, perfect timing. I found a cab passing by and just took it back home. Tomorrow will pass by the dealer and have them replaced my battery. I am kinda glad I purchased the extended warranty back then. What I now regret is not actually going ahead and purchasing the Emergency Jumper Starter which I posted about in March!

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15 comments, add your own...

  1. A&B says:

    Ahh i was gonna go to the avenues today!!! Too bad I wasn’t there.. I would have had a big laugh at ya ;)

  2. The Stallion says:

    Guess it’s time for you to do what I did! Get Optima Yellow Top Battery then buy another one and have a dual battery system!

  3. skyline says:

    dude .. you wont wish to your worst enemies being in such a situation in that fucked up weather too .. Poor Mark .. shit happens anyway !

  4. Marzouq says:

    That is strange, if you move and the battery is charging then it shouldn’t die on you. That is what I find to be very weird. The battery must be damaged!

  5. Mark says:

    yup something is definitly messed up with the battery

    stallion: i have a friend selling optima batteries, second hand taken off the military for KD20, where did you get yours from and for how much

  6. punky says:

    Mark go with the optima, Al-Ghannam AKA Auto 1 sells them but i think the price is seventy which is a bit steep since you can buy 3 good batteries for KD 70

  7. UncleBenz says:

    Beside the dead battery I think you have a problem with the alternator!

  8. lfc-q8 says:

    yeah the altenator is bad + with all the speakers u have now u need more juice

  9. Bo-Bader says:

    I had the same problem with H2 few years back. The battery dies and I was parking on the second floor in the parking next to Behbahani Building. I called Alghanim hotline and they’ve sent me the service truck. Unfotunatily, the truck was too big to get inside and could not do anything else! It was on Thursday afternoon so there was no one to give me jump start! The funny thing is after few minutes of trying, the car started!! It turned out that the battery is messed up. Replaced under warranty with new one “Made in KSA” which died less than a year later!!

  10. JoJo says:


    Make sure to ask the dealer to fit a VARTA German Battery from Desrt Star if ot will not be replaced on warranty.The battery has a one year arranty & an xpected life of more than 4 but with all the equipment you have in there you need an even more special battery which they also have. Ask for the AGM Technology & by the way desert Star has home delivery service & roed asist for selected customers .

  11. Zorbon says:

    I am going to post a tip that I am sure alot of people will ROFL on…However, It does work, I was a dis-beleiver till I saw it myself…

    A few weeks ago, the battery of my cousins;s car died out…Absolutely no charge… My brother in law was with us, and he suggested we pour some pepsi on it…I was like…ummm, okkkkk…

    He bouth a big bottle (2L).. poured about 1/3 of it on the cables….and it started fizzing..

    We dried out the cables, and the car started… :)

  12. Mark says:

    Zorbon thats because the acidity of the pepsi cleans the connectors

  13. Zorbon says:

    I know that now :)
    Didn’t expect pepsi to be that corrosive…

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