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post #1 of 13 Old 10-23-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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batteries keep gettin drained

alright so if i let my truck sit for 2 days my batteries will be completly drained and the truck wont start my batteries are brand new interstates im thinking its got to be a bad headlight switch because the marker lights on the licens plate stay dim when i shut my head lights off anyone ever have this problem?

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you check your alt volts when running cold and then warmed up? should be above 12.5 volts near 13-13.5 for healthy charge the oem ALT is pathetic, mine went out at 55k lol...

you could check the headlight switch too, my lights stay on for a second or two after i lock it then they all shut off, no dimming just off.

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Check your fuses for voltage and current at each one with the truck off to see what circuit is drawing them down.

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check the ground from the battery to the body on the passenger side as well, mine had that symptom and I had a bad ground.

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well i know my alternator is good its brand new also and its my head light switch thats the problem checked it out last night the parking lights never really turn off even when you turn the switch off the lights will stay dim untill the battery is dead

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They don't turn off after 10 minutes either?

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nice work on the diag.

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put the new switch in today solved the problem pinned out the switch on a little power hook up i made turns out the old switch had a minor short so it was constantly allowing a low amount of current through the parking light position

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Nice work!!! now I need to checkm mine. It sits for a week or two at a time and this past weekdn it was a hard start I went to the battery voltage on my CTS and i noticed something strange.... When i first start the truck it sits at just under 12 volts for about 20 seconds then jumps to high 13s, between 13.6 and 13.9 After driving for about 10-15 miles the volts drop to around 13.1 to 13.5 the rest of the time. Is this delay at start up normal, is anyone else seeing this? Thx

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Just watched mine via digital probe this weekend. Mine dropped from 12 (after just about draining batteries) to 9 for about a minute. Then same thing up to 13 and charged batteries. Glow plugs would be my guess, took a vid of it but haven't posted a question about it yet. I hear they can stay on for some time even after the light goes off on dash and truck is started.

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