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Im gonna start off by sayin that my amp for the subs is fried. I got home yesterday (monday) and I heard a *poof* sound from my back seat, I turn around and see smoke coming out from behind my rear seat. Thats problem #1, problem #2 is: This morning (tuesday) I try starting my truck w/ my remote start, I wait a couple seconds and listen for the exhaust sound...nothing. I hit the buttons again and wait for the exhaust...nothing. Im like :wtf: and go outside to the truck, I take the alarm off and notice the chirp is really low. I pull the handle and the doors are still locked. I open the door w/ the key, get in and try to start the truck w/ the key...nothing. I dont have any current what so ever. The gauges dont even move...NOTHING. At this point im like :wtf: could it be. I jump start the truck w/ my moms truck and think everything is fine. I go to work for about half and hour then leave to see my uncle in the hospital. I get there around 1 p.m and the truck sits untill I try to start it to come home at about 1 a.m. As Im walking to the parking lot I hit the buttons on my remote to start the truck...NOTHING. I get closer and take the alarm off and notice the chirp is low again. I open it w/ the key and try to start it w/ the key and NOTHING. Luckily I still had the cables in my truck, so I get my cousins car and jump my truck.

Here's the question: What could have happened to make the battery die? Could the amp blowing have caused a shortage somewhere and its making the battery die while the truck is off?

Thanks for the help in advance.

By the way this is sierraon22s not El Padrote posting.
 

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Most definately the amp can cause a current drain if it is fried. Pull the fuses duh. Anyway, also if your batter is that dead and you just jump started it and took off there is a good chance that it's fried as well. A batter that dead needs to be charged back up before use, I wouldn't be suprised if you cut the life of your alternator in half because it was trying so hard to charge that battery for the short time you drove.
 

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Also keep in mind, batteries dont last forever. It could just be its time.
 

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willyswanter said:
Most definately the amp can cause a current drain if it is fried. Pull the fuses duh. Anyway, also if your batter is that dead and you just jump started it and took off there is a good chance that it's fried as well. A batter that dead needs to be charged back up before use, I wouldn't be suprised if you cut the life of your alternator in half because it was trying so hard to charge that battery for the short time you drove.
I already took out the fuse.

Thanks.
 

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Fire up your truck. Put a voltmeter on the battery. You should read at least 13.8 volts while it's running. If you have 13.8 to about 14.6 your charging system is fine. Because your battery has been run dead a few times. I would replace it anyway.
 

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Also check and make sure its a maintenance free battery. If it isn't then the electrolite could have dried up and killed it. I had that happen in my volvo, added distilled water till it was full and it ran great for another couple years.
 

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The real way to test for battery is to load test it, autozone does that for free. To check for a drain you'd need to have an amp-meter inline with the power to see if there is a drain.

Also, check the connections to the battery for corrosion, and not just look and say looks good. Disconnect the cables and verify the contacts are clean.

WillysWanter, how would that cut the alternator life in half?
 

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If the battery is dead and you just do a jump start, not charging it, the alternator basically runs full on the whole time trying to charge the battery, this will fry the internal regulator rather quickly.
 

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Thanks everyone for your help! :shake:

The battery seems to be fine now, although I plan on gettin a yellow pretty soon.

Im gonna take everyone's advice into consideration. Thanks. :head:

Posted by sierraon22s not El Padrote.
 
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