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post #41 of 46 Old 01-10-2017, 04:38 PM
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post #42 of 46 Old 01-13-2017, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well just picked the truck up from the Chevy dealership.


At least this manager was good to work with and good about explaining everything. Since they did not find anything wrong, we did have to pay for the visit (which was only $64, no big deal) since then it is not covered under our extended warranty. (Looked into that deeper this morning .... interested how the GMC dealership didn't know that the standard factory warranty had expired 3 months ago....)

He explained how nothing was drawing an extra charge off the battery. Therefore, he said it doesn't make sense for the mechanic to start checking each fuse individually, because there should at least be some sort of extra draw if one of them is acting up. Which makes sense to me.

He said they would be more than happy to keep digging and digging but he doesn't know if they would find anything (and if they don't, then we would have a bigger bill). We agreed that it's probably not worth the money to have them keep on digging, when everything does seems to check out on the surface.

So I guess we'll leave things as is .... and wait for it to happen again (or hopefully not).

Dang. Was really hoping they would find something.

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post #43 of 46 Old 01-13-2017, 02:58 PM
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Well, bah humbug

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post #44 of 46 Old 01-13-2017, 03:14 PM
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Well, shoot! And I gained a lot from all that buttered popcorn.

If they did not find a drain on the battery over 80 mA or so, then there would be no reason at all to pull any fuses.

Electrical on these newer, or any, vehicle can be a nightmare. Particularly when it is an intermittent problem, such as a bare wire shorting out just a little, sometimes, until a jar in the right direction makes it move enough it's no longer shorting.

An automotive battery at full charge will read about 12.7 volts. Some battery technology has batteries reading a little higher, maybe as high as 12.9 volts, but if the battery is newer, it should never drop below 12.6 while sitting.

At this point, if it were my vehicle, here's what I'd do.

Park the vehicle and let it sit for at least 24 hours. At that point the voltage will be at what I'll call rest. It should not drop anymore while sitting. No more than a tenth of a volt or so.

The voltage across the battery can be read without doing anything except opening the hood. There is an inexpensive volt meter at Tractor Supply of about $10 or so. Sometimes they are free.

I have one. Well actually three. But if I didn't I'd get one and read the voltage across the battery terminals at least once per day. I'd keep pencil and paper and write it down along with the date and time.

If the battery voltage was dropping from day to day, I would disconnect one terminal of the battery and continue testing. If the battery keeps going down, the battery is bad. If it stops going down, you do have a drain in a circuit somewhere (at this time). At the shop, maybe maybe not. I wasn't there. Hopefully the battery will go down when disconnected. That isolates the problem as being the problem and that's easy to fix. Buy yet another battery or return the one you bought.

But it just depends on what happens.

If neither you nor your husband are sure how to do this, get a friend that does and have them show you. It's not hard or complicated at all.
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post #45 of 46 Old 01-24-2017, 09:28 PM
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Is the truck staying connected to your horse trailer? I had a issue with the truck and trailer for the race horses turned out the trailer was draining the battery.
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post #46 of 46 Old 01-25-2017, 07:11 AM
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Somewhere she said it was parked in a heated garage. I ran my battery down a few times by leaving the glove box open until I removed the &^%# bulb. Another problem that can happen is to turn the key to accessory instead of off when some accessory is left on. I even disable the door light switch as I have on occasion left the door open long enough to run the battery down.

Hoping to hear back from her at some point to learn what the problem was...providing it is ever found.

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