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Battery problems...

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by 87chevy, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. 87chevy

    87chevy Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    Is there anything I can do to keep the batteries in the plow truck from freezing? Maybe start it more. These are 2 years old and they froze, won't turn the truck over, even after being charged for an hour. Any help is appreciated
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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  3. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  4. 87chevy

    87chevy Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    Ill check into that. Thanks, would these still be usable if i brought them inside to thaw?
  5. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    When you get the truck started , put a voltmeter on it when its running with lights, wipers heater, everything you use etc on and check the voltage reading, should be high 12V , or in the 13V range. If that checks out okay, replace the battery (s). Also check to see if there is a draw on the battery when the truck is off. Ya could be losing voltage somewhere
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    A non charged batterie will freeze. What is the temp where the truck is?
  7. Plowfixguys

    Plowfixguys Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Get a small trickle charger with about 5 amp output, put it on when the truck is sitting when you go to start it the battery(s) will be warm and strong. Don't try to charge a frozen battery it can explode!!! I asume your charging system is working and has enough output under load to keep the battery(s) charged. Like most vehicles nowadays there is always a small drain from the memories for the computer, radio and stuff like that, so a vehicle that sits a long time will go dead. Just a note also. if you keep the batteries charged in a vehicle that sits all summer they will be good to go when the snow comes. A battery that sits at less then 75% state of charge will kill its self and wont come back like new when charged.
  8. mikelawtown

    mikelawtown Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 429

    I put a battery tender on mine because it sits for a week at a time if not more, never a problem and extends your battery life. maintains at 1.5 Amps...It's a schumacher brand also have one on my motorcycle, if anyone is interested i have a few (NEW) ones left in box for 25.00
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  9. 87chevy

    87chevy Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    I think the problem is that it doesnt run in the summer unless its being moved for mowing. It ran in october but sat since. It's een very cold the last few weeks, any one in western MN can attest to that, but it's out of the wind. I had one of the batteries in my enduro car all summer and it worked fine. I think its just going to have to get new batteries again
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Considering how long you let the truck sit, you may want to look into something a little better than a trickle charger. There are some good units that will actually exercise the battery, reducing sulfation. This will make the batteries last much longer.
  11. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Exercise ?? Is that like taking it a gym ????:laughing::laughing::
    Can you explain that a bit ??? I'm curious ....
  12. 87chevy

    87chevy Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    Me too. And i know theres no draw. We checked everything after we left the plow on one time (oopss)