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Battery is going dead



I purchase a new battery and had it installed that evening
The next morning I went to leave and it wouldn't start. The battery
was dead. I have a 1996 chevy S-10 4x4 with a V-6 Vortech Motor.
Can you tell me whats wrong and how to fix this?Thank You

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The most likely problem is your alternator, but you can check with a volt meter to ensure that is your problem. Start your truck (use a battery charger or jump to start it if you need to) and put your meter on the battery post's. If your reading 13volts or so your alternator is working and maintaing voltage, however if your reading starts dropping to 10 or less(may take a few moments to drop) then it's probably your alternator. You can also check your battery's voltage before starting your vechile, if the voltage increases after you start the vechile then it seem to be charging. Alternators can be repalced somewhat easily, it's only two boltsm however you do have to remove the fan belt, and re-route after installing the new alternator. If you have some expirence working on cars you can do this yourself in your driveway, and on your truck the alternator is right on top so you don't even have to get dirty under the truck.

Good luck

Here's a start for you, hope this helps

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U got a short in ur electrical system. get a multimeter and start at ur battery and check the connections to see if there shorting to ground. its probaly somewhere along the starting system. check for bare wires touching the frame or other sources of ground

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