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Old 07-16-2014, 06:46 AM   #1
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Does This Sound Like a Dead Battery to You?

Sunday, I had my hood opened and cranked my 01 Taco and a little smoke came from the negative terminal. I thought, either it was dirty or there was a short, so I cleaned the terminal and the smoke problem was solved.

Monday and Tuesday, it cranked and drove normally.

This morning, as soon as I put the key in the ignition, the door-open bell was dinging and would cut off, ding a again, skip a ding, cut off, etc; it was definitely struggling. The interior light wouldn't come on (I keep it in the 'off' position at all times, so I didn't leave it on and drain the battery). I turned the ignition and I could hear the starter click, but nothing else.

I didn't have time to jump it off, so I just got in the fiance's car and went to work. At lunch, I'm gonna take a multimeter to it to be sure. The battery is just an el cheapo AutoCraft from Advanced Auto Parts from probably 2 years ago.

I'm just wanting to verify that this sounds like a classic case of a shot battery.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:12 AM   #2
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:23 AM   #4
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Sure sounds like it's dead. Get it tested to be sure but don't replace it with the parts store crap batteries.
Yeah, I'm definitely gonna test it before I go buy a new one. When I bought my last one, I was broke as a joke, so this time I'll definitely get something better.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:31 AM   #5
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Obviously test the battery, but to be honest I am thinking that when you removed the terminal and cleaned it that perhaps when reconnecting you didn't get a solid connection. That is my opinion. But yes, always good to get the battery checked.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:04 AM   #6
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Obviously test the battery, but to be honest I am thinking that when you removed the terminal and cleaned it that perhaps when reconnecting you didn't get a solid connection. That is my opinion. But yes, always good to get the battery checked.
Just ran home real quick and tried to jump it off and nothing. I hooked the jumper cables to my fiancee's car and it wouldn't do anything. I've got these battery terminal connectors, so I'm pretty sure it's got a connection, but I'll check again when I get off when I test the battery:



It sucks being at work because I'm ready to solve this crap!
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #7
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It was just a bad connection. Just saved myself a cool $100
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:31 PM   #8
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:16 PM   #10
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thanks! There was buildup from when I put the new heavy duty connectors on
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Good on you for the cheap n' easy fix.
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