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Does This Sound Like a Dead Battery to You?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by zacharypaul89, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. Jul 16, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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    zacharypaul89

    zacharypaul89 [OP] Eat right, be fit, die anyway

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    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.
     
  2. Jul 16, 2014 at 7:12 AM
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  3. Jul 16, 2014 at 7:15 AM
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    CRU

    CRU WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!

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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.
     
  4. Jul 16, 2014 at 7:23 AM
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    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.
     
  5. Jul 16, 2014 at 7:31 AM
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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.
     
  6. Jul 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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    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:

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    It sucks being at work because I'm ready to solve this crap!
     
  7. Jul 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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    It was just a bad connection. Just saved myself a cool $100
     
  8. Jul 16, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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    No applause, No applause, just make a donation to Mike's (aka Wuzzy121) memorial fund! Hahaha
     
  9. Jul 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM
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    :cool:
     
  10. Jul 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM
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    :thumbsup: thanks! There was buildup from when I put the new heavy duty connectors on
     
  11. Jul 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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    Good on you for the cheap n' easy fix. :)
     
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