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Old 01-23-2008, 01:51 AM
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Battery wont stay charged

So I am in Iraq and cant do anything to help. My wife desspratly needs the use of my truck to buisness with.

She charges the truck all night and in the morn it will genarally start right up but sometimes wont. I think something is just on in the truck and draining the batts. I needs someone to check it out bad. She is in the Clarksville Tenn area. I will compinsate anyone who can fix or at least diagnose the problem.

Please contact her or hit me back.

House phone 1-931-387-1012

Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:47 AM
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Isnt there anyone near where I live.
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:01 AM
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I'm Thinking its a bad battery. She should be able to take it in to any shop or oil change place and they can test the batteries and also check to see if there is any power drains. If i lived closer i would do it my self, but i will give this tread a bump later in the morning so some one might see who lives closer.

Thanx for your service over there and keep you head low.
Rob

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Wish I could help you and the wife out, but I'm a little out of range... Can she get it started at all right now? Or is it completely dead in the water?
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:40 AM
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Shes pretty much dead in the water. The batts are new Optima yellow tops, I just put them in before I came to Iraq about 4 months ago. If anyone can help she wont be at the house until the 26th or so.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:42 AM
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Just a bit of advice ! just went thru same thing hours ago!

I just went thru it about 5 hrs ago. I have not slept! I went crazy bought 2 new batteries and a new alternator and found that when I connected everything up . It was still not charging.
My glow plug relay which is 2 months old from Napa is shorting out and stayed on, wires were smoking hot with new batteries. So I disconnected POS on 2 batteries and Just ordered a
Stancor 586-903 which has a 15v max v.s. to 586-902 12v max... I just ordered it 10 min ago online and will fed x next day . will receive friday .... So
since my old batteries were dead I did not notice the GPRelay was HOT!
If I would of known I would of charged my old batteries NOT bought a new alternator and would of got a new Napa 109 GPR for $24.00 and waited on the stancor 586-902 or 903 via ground for $51.00 ... Now I am out $412. for 2 batteries & the alternator, & $87 for stancor next day air!

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Old 01-24-2008, 06:18 AM
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My glow plug relay which is 2 months old from Napa is shorting out and stayed on, wires were smoking hot with new batteries. So I disconnected POS on 2 batteries and Just ordered a
You should disconnect the negative side of batteries. Power flows from the neg side and back in through the positive. If you touch the pos. against bare metal now it will arc.

I wish I were closer to help. She doesn't have anything plugged into the accesories does she. A cell phone charger plugged in with a short in it can drain the batteries in hours.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:50 AM
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I dont know. The truck ran great when I left. She tells me that 3 days later its doing this. I cant do anything about it until this December!
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:59 AM
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Post in the Tenn forum maybe? Theres alot of members on here.. I will continue to bump this thread to the top whenever i get a chance so ull have more luck finding a Tenn member. Id put money on it
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:59 AM
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I know you have already heard this but if I was closer I would help you out but as it is nothing I can do.
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