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Does anyone know what a healthy car battery for the Spark should be at during runtime? I'm going to get one of those
voltage meters to read the car battery in the cigg. socket. Just wondering what the healthy range is and then I'll know if my voltage
is low, maybe my battery needs replacing? I've only owned the car for 5 weeks now, and don't know if the previous owner had changed batteries or if it is still the original battery (which would be around 3 years old now).

Also, does anyone know if I can upgrade the battery to a higher capacity (as long as it fits in the space given in our engine compartment). The current battery is 45 AH. Can I use something with a higher capacity? Maybe 50 or 55 or 65? Would that hold a larger charge of battery power and therefore after a full charge (driving around for 1 hour or so) could power my car dash cam for well over 24 hours straight? I'm just wondering why the car dash cam doesn't seem to run much longer than 15 hours before it shuts off.
 

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I always replace my batteries with the largest capacity that will fit, remember to get one with the same terminal configuration.
Anyway a battery should not go bad in 3 years unless it has seen hard service. Such as being drained down multiple times or exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures.
My batteries in my other cars generally show 11-12 1/2 volts when the motor is not running, when running you should see anywhere from 12-14 volts because it is being charged by the alternator.
On your dash cam, are you draining the car battery and that is why it is shutting off or is the cameras memory getting full? Some cameras will power down on their own from a time setting. Check your cameras settings to ale sure it's not set to turn off after so sny hours.
 

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I went overkill, always have. Always will. I have a 1000 CCA from autozone gold edition. It was a very very very snug fit and I had to get an aftermarket tie down strap, but it fits and works well.
 

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After two and a half years and 42.400 miles my battery supposedly leaked acid on my motor. Chevrolet nor AC Delco nor GM will do anything to help. Car has now been sitting at the service department for two weeks due to lack of funds for the $465.00 + repairs. Next step is the BBB but don't expect anything from them either. I have a 2014 Spark that I bought new. So much for GM, Chevrolet and Delco standing behind their products and customers.
 
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