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Old 05-01-2013, 08:53 AM
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I first thought the fact I couldn't start the truck was the battery, simply because it's simple. Well, the truck has power and attempts to start but merely clicks a few times. If I hold the key over to start and gauge flap, it clicks a few times, and then just sits flapping its gauges in the wind.

Any ideas?...I'm thinking the starter
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Honestly.... Could still be a bad battery.
Just enough power to display dash lights and heads etc.
just not enough on cranking.
If there's a bad cell or two, the cranking will rob what little power there is. But it's not enough to spin the engine.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:54 AM
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Sounds like a bad cell on the battery... but could also be a bad battery connection... if you have any corrosion on the battery you will need to clean that off and then reconnect the battery.
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I first thought the fact I couldn't start the truck was the battery, simply because it's simple. Well, the truck has power and attempts to start but merely clicks a few times. If I hold the key over to start and gauge flap, it clicks a few times, and then just sits flapping its gauges in the wind.

Any ideas?...I'm thinking the starter

Since it is clinking, you rule out the starter. Did you test the battery, how any volts are you getting. And like They said look at your terminals for lose connection and corrosion
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:28 PM
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I truly appreciate all the help!

Here's more details.
The battery is a Continental brand..shows on the sticker that a 1 is punched out, indicating 2011. The previous owner had an amp/sub in the truck which was removed and the power left attached to the battery. The terminals showed corrosion but were cleaned by me prior to take ito Autozone to be tested...It was sitting at 10% when I took it to Autozone, so he charged it for a couple of hours and tested it again, resulting in 100%... When I got home with the battery, the truck hesitately started, but the CEL came on. Explained the situation to the guy at the shop, he said to bring it in so he could test something. He read the volts on the battery while it was starting, stating it was charging just fine. I went back home, and tried going to work the next day...DIDN'T HAPPEN! Same crap as I started with.

Here's a video of the dash while trying to start it...
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Did you take the fuse out of the amp wire off of the battery?

and is there a red wire behind the radio that is connected to a battery power source instead of an ignition power source?

If the Battery is good then it has to be something running while the truck is off.
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Did you take the fuse out of the amp wire off of the battery?

and is there a red wire behind the radio that is connected to a battery power source instead of an ignition power source?

If the Battery is good then it has to be something running while the truck is off.
I was kinda slow on the draw on this one, but I just disconnected the amp wire from the battery today. You think a recharge and another attempt is worth trying?
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I was kinda slow on the draw on this one, but I just disconnected the amp wire from the battery today. You think a recharge and another attempt is worth trying?

All you really had to do was pull the fuse that should be within 12" of the battery's positive terminal... but yes I would recharge it... and try again if the amp wire was touching the chassis then you were grounding the battery causing it to drain.
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All you really had to do was pull the fuse that should be within 12" of the battery's positive terminal... but yes I would recharge it... and try again if the amp wire was touching the chassis then you were grounding the battery causing it to drain.
I got it to jump off my charger on the first try. No warning lights on the dash or anything. Let it run for about 10 minutes, drove it around the block and then parked it again..

Have another issue though that still stands with water leakage.. just found the rear driver floor mat full of water, no carpet is wet but when I drove off for this test drive...water came down from the passenger side of the sliding glass window in the back...
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I got it to jump off my charger on the first try. No warning lights on the dash or anything. Let it run for about 10 minutes, drove it around the block and then parked it again..

Have another issue though that still stands with water leakage.. just found the rear driver floor mat full of water, no carpet is wet but when I drove off for this test drive...water came down from the passenger side of the sliding glass window in the back...

Yeah the seals around the 3rd brake light suck and usually end up leaking into the cabin... might want to check that out first... sometime a little bit of silicone will fix that right up.

Keep us posted... If you still have battery problems tomorrow, we will try to test for a parasitic drain somewhere...
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Yeah you def got a drain somewhere. I would disconnect the stereo part completely and zip tie it out of the way or remove it if you don't intend to use it. The third brake light is a good place to check too. Hopefully you find the problem soon.
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Keep us posted... If you still have battery problems tomorrow, we will try to test for a parasitic drain somewhere...
Battery got its charging...was able to start it while the battery charger was still connected, and didn't show any problems once the battery charger was disconnected from the battery terminals. Ran a few errands that didn't include turning off the truck then got to a friend's house down the road from me. Turned the truck off...all is good...then go to leave and it won't start. Same situation as shown in the video. My friend used a volt meter, and read 10V from the battery (mind you, this is within an hour of taking it off the charger) My buddy jumped me, only taking one try to turn my truck on, and I came home..

As far as the stereo is concerned..the stereo is ONLY on when the truck is. When the truck is on acc, the stereo is wired to not come on. I've had this truck since October, and only found this battery issue causing a pain since about mid-march.
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Battery got its charging...was able to start it while the battery charger was still connected, and didn't show any problems once the battery charger was disconnected from the battery terminals. Ran a few errands that didn't include turning off the truck then got to a friend's house down the road from me. Turned the truck off...all is good...then go to leave and it won't start. Same situation as shown in the video. My friend used a volt meter, and read 10V from the battery (mind you, this is within an hour of taking it off the charger) My buddy jumped me, only taking one try to turn my truck on, and I came home..

As far as the stereo is concerned..the stereo is ONLY on when the truck is. When the truck is on acc, the stereo is wired to not come on. I've had this truck since October, and only found this battery issue causing a pain since about mid-march.
I would disconnect the battery charge it again and see how many volts it has it should have 12.6 fully charged. If it has at least 12.6 hook it back up and check for a parasitic drain. If your battery discharged so much it would not start your truck within one hour it would have to have one hell of a parasitic drain. If it had 10 volts when your friend checked it within an hour of charging it I would replace the battery.
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If your battery discharged so much it would not start your truck within one hour it would have to have one hell of a parasitic drain. If it had 10 volts when your friend checked it within an hour of charging it I would replace the battery.
My thoughts exactly.. This is the second time it's been fully charged, started the truck, then failed to start it a second time a short time later.
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Look.....please change the battery. Borrow or steal one (no better not do the later lol) but put another battery on there.
That's the much easier way to see if your original battery is no good.
You can recharge a defective battery and all appears good. But when you put a load on it or return to start your truck, if there's one or several defective cells it will discharge with no parasitic drain at all and not have enough charge in it to turn the truck over.
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Look.....please change the battery. Borrow or steal one (no better not do the later lol) but put another battery on there.
That's the much easier way to see if your original battery is no good.
You can recharge a defective battery and all appears good. But when you put a load on it or return to start your truck, if there's one or several defective cells it will discharge with no parasitic drain at all and not have enough charge in it to turn the truck over.
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Well hell Al...sounds like a plan. Thanks!
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Look.....please change the battery. Borrow or steal one (no better not do the later lol) but put another battery on there.
That's the much easier way to see if your original battery is no good.
You can recharge a defective battery and all appears good. But when you put a load on it or return to start your truck, if there's one or several defective cells it will discharge with no parasitic drain at all and not have enough charge in it to turn the truck over.
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I have to agree this sounds more and more like a bad battery cell.

It's worth the $80+/- to change it, and know for sure.
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Can you borrow a battery as a trial, to fault find??
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I have to agree this sounds more and more like a bad battery cell.

It's worth the $80+/- to change it, and know for sure.
More like $100+...

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Can you borrow a battery as a trial, to fault find??
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As far as my understanding is, the battery has be purchased to be hooked up to a customer's vehicle.
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As far as my understanding is, the battery has be purchased to be hooked up to a customer's vehicle.

I think he means "borrow" a friends battery... lol

Either way go buy a battery and let us know whats up.
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