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Old 12-08-2010, 07:05 PM
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Truck has two dead batteries and nothing is turned on. Why?

I have a 97 OBS F-250 4x4. It has always worked well and started well. We had a lot of snow and cold so on the 29th of November, I fired up my truck to pull it in the shop to put on my snow rims and tires. The truck started and ran great and I pulled it in the shop and out and parked it under its little shelter.

I went out yesterday to get something out of the truck and I clicked the key FOB and nothing happened. I thought that was weird. I used the key to open the door and no lights came on, really weird. The batteries were so dead they didn't even register. They are charging now.

So what the heck is going on? The only thing I have done electrically in the last month is add a CB but, I got its power from a switched fuse that only comes on when the key is turned on so I don't think that's the culprit.

Could my glow plug relay or one of the glow plugs have stuck on? If so, how would I be able to tell? Is there anything else that could have failed and drained my batteries? I am not the most electrically savvy guy in the world but, I can read a meter.

Any help or ideas you can provide would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:18 PM
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might just have bad batteries, how old are they. If theres one thing i know about batteries and looking around for hours trying to figure things out, it may just be junk batteries, charge them up and throw a battery tester on them
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might just have bad batteries, how old are they. If theres one thing i know about batteries and looking around for hours trying to figure things out, it may just be junk batteries, charge them up and throw a battery tester on them
I agree, I would just go buy some good batteries, buy some 1000 cold cranks
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Diehard Golds, or Platinums if you can afford them Check for draw as well.
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I had that happen three times in about as many months. Might have been the lift gate, but if it was, it was one heck of an intermittent draw.

Then I found out one of those re-settable fuses were popping - the one for the power seat and door locks. It'd be so hot you couldn't touch it. I didn't have the dead battery problem after I pulled it. So maybe...
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Re-settable fuses? I guess I haven't seen those. I have the flat type with the squiggly piece of metal strip inside in my fuse box.

Maybe the CB power wire that is hooked to a swittched fuse for power is touching a non switched fuse and creating a power draw? I will check out the connections.

Which battery is the starting battery?

Do glow plug relays stick? Do glow plugs often stay on beyond their designated duration of time? The batteries are charging and I will get a chnce to look at the truck late this afternoon.

Thanks for the tips.
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Main starting battery is on the right side, but don't just replace one, replace them both. Sears Die Hards are the only ones I have ever used, Gold or Platinum......you can't go wrong.
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Re-settable fuses? I guess I haven't seen those. I have the flat type with the squiggly piece of metal strip inside in my fuse box...
Most of mine were the same. I never noticed them until that one was so hot I couldn't touch it. It's a metal encased fuse, fuse size, in the fuse box in the dash -- if you have them. These were on the '95 I just sold.
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