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post #1 of 46 Old 12-27-2016, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Battery is always dead on 2014 GMC 2500 pickup???

Not necessarily horse-trailer related but wasn't sure where to put this thread otherwise .... it IS regarding my truck that I pull my horse trailer with!

Has anyone had troubles with their battery dying repeatedly?

We have a 2014 GMC 2500 pickup (gas engine) with about 20,000 miles on it. It's primarily used as the "extra" vehicle and as my vehicle to tow my horse trailer.

I hopped in it this morning because I was going to take it to work today. We haven't driven it in about 2 weeks. Tried to turn it over and nothing. Battery is dead.

This exact same thing happened a few months ago. It is still under warranty so we took it to the dealership and they put a new battery in it. It had sat for a couple weeks and the battery died.

We have an appointment set up for Friday at the dealership but it sounds like they are already dismissing it. They claim there are so many computer programs/systems that run in the newer vehicles, that if we don't use the pickup every day, it's going to drain the battery and this is going to happen.

I don't believe it. There has to be something going wrong that is drawing too much power and causing the battery to drain. (Quite a few years ago, the battery died on my brand new Ford Fusion. Turned out the radio unit was shorting out and that is what caused the battery to die.) There has to be something that is causing it. It's ridiculous that I can't let the pickup sit for 2 weeks without driving it.

Has anyone had this happen to them?

Any ideas or what the problem was in your situation?

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The dealership is full of ****. Something is trickling the juice out of the battery when it sits for a period of time.

THEY need to find out what that something is.

In the old days, it could be a bad alternator.

someone forgot to turn the radio clear off.

There was a short in the wiring, somewhere and that was a bear to trace.

I am lost with the newer vehicles that run on so many computers BUT, something is draining the juice.

You could force them to put a new battery in just to be sure it isn't the battery.

You could put the truck on a trickle charger, continually ---- <<----- as in non-stop for the rest of its life.

It's not a big deal. We keep both of our diesel tractors perpetually on trickle chargers and my John Deere also gets plugged in during the colder weather because it gets used a lot more than the farm tractor.

FWIW, even though DH has worked for Ford his entire life, he builds his own race cars (Fords, lol) I'm going to ask him if your GM dealership is handing you a line of B.S. I think they are but what do I know, lollol
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The dealership is full of ****.
I am thinking the exact same thing. Not too happy about them already dismissing it when we haven't even brought it in yet, but we have to go to them for it to be covered under warranty. (If we have to, I'll gladly pay out-of-pocket somewhere else if they can fix the problem!!)

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I am lost with the newer vehicles that run on so many computers BUT, something is draining the juice.

You could force them to put a new battery in just to be sure it isn't the battery.
It HAS a new battery in it. It was only a couple months ago this exact same thing happened.

Although I'm sure they will change the battery anyway ... but I agree; there IS something else going on.

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You could put the truck on a trickle charger, continually ---- <<----- as in non-stop for the rest of its life.
Hmm, never heard of this. Will have to look into it .... if we have to!

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https://www.batterystuff.com/battery...FYuKaQodxRIFng

WalMart also sells them, along with any parts stores in your area.

The only time I unplug the trickle charger off my John Deere is if we are in direct line for a lightening storm. Twice we have had lightening go down our chain link fence, taking out DirecTV and our computer. The last thing I need is for a back flow of current into my precious tractor, lollol

I will also ask DH what kind of trickle chargers we have. That would be something you would want to buy top quality:)

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https://www.batterystuff.com/battery...FYuKaQodxRIFng

WalMart also sells them, along with any parts stores in your area.

The only time I unplug the trickle charger off my John Deere is if we are in direct line for a lightening storm. Twice we have had lightening go down our chain link fence, taking out DirecTV and our computer. The last thing I need is for a back flow of current into my precious tractor, lollol

I will also ask DH what kind of trickle chargers we have. That would be something you would want to buy top quality:)
Could one put the trickle charger in a surge protector? Just curious!
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They are sort of right, technically. The Truck is not being "used", but the battery is still supplying power to things like computers, car alarm systems, door locks etc.

If you are having cold weather that will sap it even faster.

I think having it checked out is a good idea, maybe even ask them to make sure the Alternator is actually providing a full charge. That said, assuming everything is functioning as expected a trickle charger is a good option. A lot of people with "Sunday driver" type cars use them for this basic reason when stored in the garage.
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They are sort of right, technically. The Truck is not being "used", but the battery is still supplying power to things like computers, car alarm systems, door locks etc.
I get that ... but dead in 2 weeks?

I just chatted with my brother who is a mechanical engineer. He agrees something is not right (too bad he isn't here to check it himself). Now, it's possible we could have gotten a "bad battery" when they changed it the last time, but I am just not convinced that the computers and such in the pickup would kill it in only 2 weeks.

That means that possibly, I could go to a horse show or rodeo and get back Sunday night, and have my truck DEAD when I go to use it again the following Saturday after 1 week. That just blows my mind.

How can we design vehicles that are ... so poorly designed?? Did anyone think this through?

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If you are having cold weather that will sap it even faster.
We are having very cold weather BUT said truck is kept inside a heated garage. So that's not the issue.

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We have the same problem with out 2000 GMC, if it sits for 2 weeks it will often not start so we put the battery charger on it for a while first if it hasn't been driven for a while. We don't put many miles on it, only 3000 km one year.
We have got a new battery but it hasn't solved the problem so I will be interested in the answers here.
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Ok------

1. DH said something is draining the battery and they need to find out what.

2. He said do not put a trickle charger on it --- you need to find out where the juice is coming from.

3. He said if you bought the truck new and have a new warranty, you can take the truck to any GM dealer and get it worked on, under warranty.

3.1. did you buy it new or used?
3.2. How many miles are on it? If used, mileage is critical as some of the factory warranty may still apply.

Sarah,. We had surge protectors on our computers both times lightening took them out. I'm not trusting my tractor to one; it sits in the garage so it's no big deal for me to unplug things if I need to, lollol

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I wouldn't trust my trusty tractor on one either....lololol

We use them for all electronics for years. Have saved them a time or two. I did have a microwave that was toasted during an electrical storm once.
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