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battery drain? #13198795 06/28/19 03:14 PM
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'99 c3500, this truck is a really, really clean, 100 thousand mile, one owner, never ever abused.. PO has no clue?? he's an old like me.. really slow battery drain.. takes 'bout 4 days to bring it down to a no start.. checked all lighting I can think of, ac and such.. 'lectrics ona truck pretty much suck with me!.. ideas?.. atta loss???

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Had something similar on my truck. Turned out to be a bad cell in the battery, which was only 14 months old.

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Could be a bad cell in the battery. glove box door not closing enough. Bad alternator. Door trigger not working correctly. Vanity mirror light.

Those are things Ive seen that, on a completely stock truck, have been causes for current draw on vehicles Ive worked on.


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Re: battery drain? [Re: TLW] #13199082 06/28/19 09:03 PM
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I know next to nothing about batteries, but would diconnecting it for 4 or 5 days then reconnecting it/trying to start truck isolate the problem to either the battery or the truck?


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Have the battery load tested.


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Re: battery drain? [Re: TLW] #13199157 06/28/19 10:41 PM
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battery was fine.. my kid found it really quick.. took his meter and read a small draw of 1.5 amps with "every thing" shut down.... then went to tha fuses.. started with tha only thing not OEM which was tha brake controller (its old).. pulled tha fuse and walla.. so I learned something from tha kid today..... find tha circuit then fine tha device!... practically same thing I got paid for doin' for 50+ years, just not 12v car [censored].... ha, ha.

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Glad you found it. Those kinda issues can be nerve racking.


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thanks.. yeah, it can be.

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Originally Posted by TLW
battery was fine.. my kid found it really quick.. took his meter and read a small draw of 1.5 amps with "every thing" shut down.... then went to tha fuses.. started with tha only thing not OEM which was tha brake controller (its old).. pulled tha fuse and walla.. so I learned something from tha kid today..... find tha circuit then fine tha device!... practically same thing I got paid for doin' for 50+ years, just not 12v car [censored].... ha, ha.

cool, I did that with a car I bought cheap and found the diode in the alternator was bad, changed alternator and the car has been great!


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