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Postby rdss [OP] » May 05 2011, 11:32pm

My wife was getting ready to pull the truck out of the garage tonight yo pick me up from the airport after a 90+ day deployment only to find out the battery was completely dead. I'd this a common problem with these NNBS trucks sitting foe extended periods of time? Should I have pulled the battery cables? I thought about it but had a 00 4.3 Silverado and the 03 SS that sat several times a piece with no problem at all. Should I pick up a battery tender or try a different battery or maybe both? Thanks for any insight, I was really looking forward to driving the truck home tonight, but might have to replace the flat battery in a 6 month old truck.
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby lzn197 » May 06 2011, 12:37am

With all the electronics on vehicles today, even a very slight draw on many things can drain a battery. Yes you should have disconnected the negative cable. Have the dealer check the battery for capacity for you.
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby gmctruckguy » May 06 2011, 2:29am

If you have ANY aftermarket electrical component whether it be an alarm, remote starter, stereo, etc it will put an additional load on your battery and kill it in no time. The new vehicles are supposed to have a battery kill protection on them where they will shut off every one of ITS electrical load after a certain time, (including the clock). Have your dealer load test the battery it may have a weak cell in it.
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby CHEBBY » May 06 2011, 3:22am

rdss- the truck had'nt been started in 90 days?
If so there was probably enough parasitic loss such as
radio memory etc to completely discharge the battery.
You may need a new one and battery tenders are deff a
good idea for extended periods of non-use.

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby CHEBBY » May 06 2011, 3:24am

...and welcome home!

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby WingNut » May 06 2011, 3:39am

Welcome home rdss- Any bat sitting around for that long can go bad.
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby EKinMN » May 06 2011, 1:09pm

The alternative is to let the wife drive the truck once in a while when you are gone. Then, uh...ya know....well, ya...never mind! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Dead Battery

Postby Hartski » May 06 2011, 1:26pm

Great to have ya back home, Buddy! Bettery tenders are always a great investment for something that's not going to be used regularly.
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby rdss [OP] » May 06 2011, 2:23pm

I threw the battery tender on last night and it didn't even budge the battery, the truck is bone stock and I thought about having the boss start it every once in a while. I do have a sears large battery charger that has brought it from 2 amp up to 10 amp, as soon as I plugged it in on jump start mode it put power to the whole truck. I will still probably bring it for a battery check once I get it back up and running since it might have a bad cell or may have been flat for to long. It looks like I will be buying another Battery Tender this fall when I deploy again, I just never thought that a bone stock truck would die that fast and this isn't my first 3 month plus deployment with a truck sitting in a garage. I expected it from my Honda CBR 600RR and my HD Sportster Nightster.

Thanks for the welcome back, it is good to be back with my wife and boy. I have missed them.
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Re: Dead Battery

Postby morganw » May 06 2011, 3:57pm

Im surprised you had anything that would start after 90 days of sitting with the battery still hooked up. Unhooking the battery should be standard practice. Chances are that the battery is toast now, they can only be so "dead" before they will no longer take a charge.
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