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Battery will not stay charged, it has been replaced, the belts tightened, and the alternator has been checked and is working properly. yet every few days the battery will start to go down?

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  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    I was asked for clarification, the battery runs down in 3 to 4 days of normal use and needs to be recahrged. If the headlights are used it runs down in a matter of a couple of hours. My belts are tight but not new I may replace them if someone thinks that will help.When the battery starts to go down if I turn off anything that i can that is using current the truck runs smoother.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Sounds like you have a constant drain on the battery when it's parked. Is the battery weaker, the longer the car sits between trips?

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There might be a parasitic load on the system. For example if the switch for one of the sun visor mirror lights is not working properly, and that tiny little bulb is always on, it will slowly drain the system. The easiest way to check for a parasitic load is to disconnect the negative battery cable. Put a voltmeter (or a test light) with one lead on the battery terminal and one on the cable end. If the voltmeter shows ANY reading, or the lightbulb in the test light looks like its even trying to glow, you have a parasitic load. If you get that checked, let me know, and I'll be happy to assist you further.

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  • Corey Morgan May 13, 2009

    glad i read this again... csmock is right, i meant to say ammeter... not voltmeter...

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You need to test the vehicle for key off draw. Do you have an ammeter? If not you should be able to take it to a shop that does and they can do this test. If you have one, let me know and I'll walk you thru the test.

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