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Hard start i have to jump it every time

Every time i go to drive my truck i have to jump start it i am not getting enough power to the starter, the bat is an optima brand new. i have found no shorts anywhere. could someone know what i can do before i take it in and spend a ton on it.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Headlights and everything else is bright before trying to start, or is something drawing battery down while sitting? If it runs for a while, then you shut it off & try to restart 5 min later, will it start?

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    have the alternater tested



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Check your Belt Tensioner. If the Belt Tensioner is not Holding the Belt Tight Enough it will not allow the Alternator to Charge the Battery Fully and will effect the Ability to Start the Truck Also. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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