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2009 Toyota Venza I4 4dr Wagon FWD (GS)

2009 Toyota Venza
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Front wheel drive, 4 Door Wagon, Sport utility
19 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy
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October 7, 2012, 10:13 am

James S
 

Question: Is it safe to drive a car in the rain (pouring weather) after having it jump-started?

Last night I had to have my car jump-started (the car's about 2 and a half years old), the mechanic told me that the battery just temporarily "ran out of juice,"but that it would work fine for the next day or so. He also recommended that I take it to the dealer and have it checked on Monday. Today (Sunday), I'm supposed to use the same car to drive about a half hour into the city to see some relatives, the weather's supposed to be rainy all day, my question is: Is it safe to drive a car in the rain (pouring weather) after having it jump-started? Will one have any affect on the other?


October 11, 2012, 11:28 am

Elizabeth K
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The real question is 'why did your battery go dead?' If you just left your lights on overnight or something, then you will be fine. But it sounds like your mechanic doesn't think your charging system is working. If that is the case, jump starting it and driving it will result in you being stranded somewhere, since the vehicle will only run as long as the charge on the battery lasts. If the battery was fully charged before you started driving, you will be fine to drive it for a while. Rain will not hurt anything on your vehicle, but if you are driving with your headlights and wipers on because of the rain, then it will cause the battery to go dead quicker.

The short answer is: if the charging system is working, you will be fine. Otherwise, it's not worth the risk.


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