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Old 02-11-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Angry Truck Battery?

This eve while hooking up my back up lights. My battery died.
I had the emergency brake set and the truck in reverse, the ignition
switch was in the ACC position for about ten minutes. I went to start the
truck and then the battery was drained. Any thoughts? Should I take it back to the dealer and request a new battery? Or just go pick up a Optima?
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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This eve while hooking up my back up lights. My battery died.
I had the emergency brake set and the truck in reverse, the ignition
switch was in the ACC position for about ten minutes. I went to start the
truck and then the battery was drained. Any thoughts? Should I take it back to the dealer and request a new battery? Or just go pick up a Optima?
Seems way to fast for it to have died like that, I can leave my stereo on loud with the truck off for like over 45 mins and no problem
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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That is what I thought. I was listenting to the radio, but nothing else was on! More money... I just put 100.00 in the oil and filter change yesterday..
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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Seems way to fast for it to have died like that, I can leave my stereo on loud with the truck off for like over 45 mins and no problem
X2, ya OP, something is not right about that. Bad battery or something draining the shit out of it.
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Charge it up and see if it holds a charge 1st, then decide if u need a new battery. Is kindve weird It drained as fast as you said it did.
it is dead again..I have a Marine battery that I jump it off. Maybe I should just put the Gel battery in. Could it be the quick change in the weather?

To cold outside now to be messing with this ..GRRRRR
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it is dead again..I have a Marine battery that I jump it off. Maybe I should just put the Gel battery in. Could it be the quick change in the weather?

To cold outside now to be messing with this ..GRRRRR
Temp shouldn't effect it that much. From my experience, it has to be pretty damn cold to really mess with the battery. Talking below 0 and whatnot.
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When I bought the truck off the showroom floor they had to boost the battery. I guess that maybe I should have asked if they would change the battery put for me. Hindsight is a terrible thing at times.

I thought it was the cables. Cables are tight and look like they are still new. Can it be that I am pulling to many amps for the alternator? Too many lights? Naah never enough of em..
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Take it back and have them test the battery. Most dealerships have a capacitive battery tester which only requires 20% charge to assess health.
To check your parasitic draw(key off, everything else off), put an ammeter from the positive cable to the battery terminal, then remove the cable while keeping both leads connected. An aligator clip on the cable helps. You should have a very small Milliamp draw. IIRC, 40ma or less.
If you can't hold the leads on, do it with the cable disconnected, and wait for the computer to reset. Read the draw after 1min or so.
Your battery is toast, but you may have other issues. Don't assume it's only the battery.
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