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TigerBait1971
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Member since Oct 2014
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My cranking battery is dead.
What should I look for?

Nothing was left on that I can tell. Keys weren't in the ignition.

Ran like a champ 2 weeks ago. Glad I checked it out today before hitting the ramp this weekend.


dfintlyHmmrd
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Jigga City
Member since Dec 2016
1145 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
How old is your battery?


TigerBait1971
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Member since Oct 2014
10643 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
3 years


Drop4Loss
Birds Eye Of Deaf Valley
Member since Oct 2007
3198 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
Check the volts at posts when runnin say above
4000
Alternator should be puttin out
13+ volts


TigerBait1971
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
Gracias.

Do you think this battery is junk now that it was completely discharged?


dfintlyHmmrd
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Jigga City
Member since Dec 2016
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
At 3 years old, and completely discharged, it may be time to think about a new battery, take it to Autzone and have it tested.


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MallardMaster
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2013
295 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
Shouldn’t be since it has only been down a few days. Charge with a low amp charger overnight and then test it with load tester. If you don’t have one, bring it to any place that sells batteries, they will.


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farad
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
if it's a wet cell check to make sure not low on water B/4 charging...


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Hammertime
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Will trade dowsing rod for titties
Member since Jan 2012
42215 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
Charge it up, and then see how long it takes to drain. Have you stuck a multimeter on it while it is running? What about checking amp draw while it's off?

Could be battery
Could be parasitic drain
Could be alternator not charging it enough


TigerBait1971
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
Thanks. I'm yanking it tomorrow and taking it to Auto Zone.

Will trouble shoot more after that and will likely have more questions.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
No need for questions. It's simple. Charge it. Check voltage while cranking. Drops below 10 volts? Bad battery. Under 12 volts with engine running? Charging problem. Over 12 while running but falls below 12 after killing? Bad battery


TigerBait1971
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Member since Oct 2014
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
If I were to trust the volt meter on the console, it was at 13+ while running. When off it was at 12.


DMAN1968
Member since Apr 2019
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
Meh...My chaparral 230 ssi has a problem where it drains the battery over time...even with the perko switch set to off! I have yet to find that damn draw...I just unhook the positive terminal when done with it for any time more than a few days.

A battery test will tell you if it's that...otherwise..start chasing the electrical gremlins.,


Hammertime
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Member since Jan 2012
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re: My cranking battery is dead.
Get the battery load tested while you have it out. Idk if they do that at Autozone, but ask about it.

If the battery checks out good, go buy a multimeter from Harbor Freight, and check how it's charging while the truck is running. If everything is good with that, stick the multimeter in series with the battery, and check the amperage draw with everything off


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Chris4x4gill2
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North Alabama
Member since Nov 2008
2936 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
quote:

chaparral 230 ssi


This one is likely the auto bilge and radio memory wire


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hogdaddy
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harvey
Member since Feb 2010
4842 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
Harbor Freight has a battery load test for less than $20.



TigerBait1971
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PTC GA
Member since Oct 2014
10643 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
What's a good brand for a cranking battery in case this one is dead?


bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
10815 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
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low on water B/4 charging


Newer 12V car batteries don’t need water added anymore. The batteries are designed to be maintenance free.

quote:

What’s a good brand


Get a premium battery at a local auto parts store as it’ll have the longest free replacement warranty and the highest cold cranking amps. It doesn’t really matter which one, although I’m partial to O’Reilly.


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GoAwayImBaitn
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On an island in the marsh
Member since Jul 2018
278 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
Last time I needed a cranking battery, Sams had $20 off. Most batteries are either East Penn or Johnson Controls made. I want to say the Sams was an East Penn. Works great


TigerBait1971
LSU Fan
PTC GA
Member since Oct 2014
10643 posts

re: My cranking battery is dead.
Got a new battery (Interstate AGM). Installed it and checked for amp draw with everything off and didn't see anything.

I'm taking to the lake tomorrow and will check how it looks running.

Do y'all charge your cranking battery after each use?


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