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Old 06-22-2006
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Battery Suddenly Died...

ok so my truck has been parked for the past 3 days because i just put on my bedliner and the bed need to stay clean and dry before i put it on...

so im all done and i go to start it tonight and it cranks and cranks, but doesnt start... so i jump that battery and were all good....

i have no idea why it died.... i didnt have any lights on, nothing... i had my cell phone charger pluged in which has a TINY led that might use a 1/16th of a watt and my radar detector was plugged in for the first night but thats no differnt then any other day...

my only idea of what it could be is I took off my airintake to try and map out my route for me water temp gauge and maybe when i reconected one of the plugs, it sent a serge of electricty that just burned up the battery...

but the battery is basicly dead now because it was on red when i jumped it, then i drove around for about 10 miles jsut to let the engine run and let the alterntor charge up the battery and its still on red...
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thats wierd. ill tell you what, go and buy a yellow top and ill trade you for mine. its still green. haha.
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lol i dont have money anymore... ive spent about 500$ on my truck in the past month and a half
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ahh, i used to work at a shop called "etna battery and automotive" and i was the battery tech and i cant remember the way to find out if you have a drain.....its like stick a test light on the negative and the put the probe on the positive cable or something i cant remember, but if it stays lit, you have a drain somewhere....How old is the battery, most places have lifetime warrantees.....

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lol i dont have money anymore... ive spent about 500$ on my truck in the past month and a half
what in gods name did you buy? but i feel you i just spent about a grand on the truck over the past 2 weeks.
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Radar detectors actually draw quite a bit..
I left mine on for 3 days once and the battery was 100% poof dead.. no click no tick
no nothing.

I would suggest borrowing a battery charger and leaving it charge up fully overnight

I did that on my beater car after it discharged during a 3 week period of inactivity..
and I actually think its doing better now than before.
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yea i got one of those roadside powersoarces which is how i jumped it... so i should just hook it up to my battery for the night?
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Hell Im still on my factory battery. Only died on me once which was my fault for sitting in a parking lot with lights on blasting my system.
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my battery was on red once..

i put a battery charger on it overnight and it was green the next morning
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what in gods name did you buy? but i feel you i just spent about a grand on the truck over the past 2 weeks.
new tires 380$
efan 120$
Water Temp guage 20$
Vacuum Gauge 30$
dual a pillar pod-40$
Oil change- 10$
Antifreeze- 20$


lol it all kinda piled on... but its a good thing its summer cuz im making well more then i spend...

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my battery was on red once..

i put a battery charger on it overnight and it was green the next morning
i was going to but i wanst able to park in the garage and its raining out which is bad...
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how old is the battery? if it's the oe or 1st replacement it may be towards the end of its life and sitting 3 days could be enough to kill it.

take it somewhere and have it load tested. hopefully you'll last until the next pay check but I'll bet you its time for a new one. you can expect generally 4-5 years up where you are out of a battery as long as it's not stuck for long times in extreme cold or heat.
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i dont think its been changed yet, so well see..
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