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Cranking and running

Wife had to get car jump off said ride back to house the instrument lights were going bright and dim . Would not crank as if battery was tottally dead. charging battery now seems to be not taking a charge can batteries go bad like that or is there somthing else needing look at Thanks for any help .

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Yes, the batteries can go bad like that. On the battery, there should be a date of manufacture. Anything over 4 years, and especially over six need to be replaced. After continuous charge/discharge by the alternator over time, the battery will slowly lose the ability to hold and maintain charge.

Check the cables attached to battery to ensure they are free of corrosion, are tight, and clean. Also once you get running, check the charging system. It should charge via your dash display at least 12.5 to 14 amps. If the needle is not showing positive charging, then the alternator may need to be replaced.

Hope this helps!

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