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Dead Battery

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by B&E snowplowing, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. B&E snowplowing

    B&E snowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    My 1994 Suburban seems to be giving me some trouble....

    All of a sudden it has decided that it needs a boost to start after it has been sitting for more then 6 to 8 hours.

    Once I give it a boost it runs fine, the gauge is reading 14 volts, and everything works fine. I go out to plow drop the blade and after I use the plow 2 times, on the 3rd time the battery light comes on and the truck stalls. At that point I have to boost the truck and start all over.

    Think its time for a new alternator ??? my current alternator is only a year and a half old, and the battery is brand new this year and still under warranty.

    I have a Meyer E57 pump, with a BRAND new motor.

    Totally lost. I went out today and bought a rechargeable booster pack, so I don't have to wait for a boost anymore in the middle of the night.

    Thanks
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    May have a bad cell in the battery,go get it tested first.
     
  3. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Sounds like a junk battery. time for a new one.
     
  4. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Dont forget to check your battery connections too.
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Sounds like a bad battery, alternator is probably fine.
     
  6. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Check connections and then test battery. Sounds to me like a bad connection though. It wont start due to the bad connection but it is starting off the booster cables. Once running it is running off the alternator and that just wont run the truck and the plow too. Gotta have that battery.
     
  7. Jgramlich

    Jgramlich Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Could be a bad battery. I had a sears battery go bad on me after about 8 months, so don't rule it out. If you haven't beefed up the alternator, it might not be a bad idea. Definitely check your connections before you go buying parts.

    As far as it not starting after 6 - 8 hours, I had the same problem and it turned out to be a parasitic drain. I still haven't found it... just installed a quick disconnect battery terminal. I'll get to it... eventually.