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03 chevy silverado, problem with battery dying. It won't start unless I jump it. put volt meter (Amp meter?)on battery and it showed it was dead. Jumped started the truck and let it run for fifteen minutes, as it was still attached to the jump vehicle. Took off the cables and it still showed no charge getting to the battery. The amp meter (volt meter?) on the inside showed at least 14. My problem is, I am not sure if I need a new battery, as it is too dead to take a charge or my alternator is not working. I should tell you that I tested the jump vehicle and the meter showed it was working fine. 13.9 while running at idle and 12.6 turned off. Thanks Brian

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  • akpuhb Jan 26, 2009

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    I need more than the alternator light comment.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    on the good battery I accidently reversed the cables and on the truck with the dead battery the clamps got really hot. what other damage could have occurred on that vehicle?

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If the alternater light is not on the battery.probably has a bad cell

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    mike loshbough Jan 26, 2009

    sorry i got disconected

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    mike loshbough Jan 26, 2009

    what is the voltage when it is running at least 14.also check corrosion on cable ends they also maybe loose .there is a code on your battery example k3 would be dec 2003 .is it a delco battery.if so probaly original the code should be imprinted on top of battery. if you like please call me 6145075224 thank you mike

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    mike loshbough Mar 09, 2009

    you ****

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Brian,
My 66 C10 was doing this same thing. There is a "Bleed Back diode" in the alternator that prevents the battery current from draining while the ignition is off. If it is blown the battery will drain at about 2 amps. Once running the alternator will charge fine, so the alt light probably wont come on for this problem. In my case a $35 rebuilt alternator fixed it.
Doug

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