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Truck Battery?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by Lazylegs, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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    Lazylegs

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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?
     
  2. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    Tigahshark

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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
     
  3. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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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..
     
  4. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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    X2, ya OP, something is not right about that. Bad battery or something draining the shit out of it.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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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.
     
  6. Feb 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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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:confused:
     
  7. Feb 11, 2012 at 3:48 PM
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    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.
     
  8. Feb 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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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..
     
  9. Feb 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    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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