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Joined: Fri Dec 22nd, 2017
Name: Grev B
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|My batteries usually last about three to four years, which isn't too bad since I use Sears basic Die-Hards, OEM sized batteries, with 24-months warranty.
I've used Sear's Die-Hards for years but like clock work three to four years, Wham-Bam a new battery.
The biggest problems with charging systems that always show their ugly heads when you don't need them, is Corrosion in the connections. Just a good cleaning of the battery posts and connections, adding some Corrosion Resistant, Conductive Paste on the Terminals, and put things back to gather will result in a battery that usually will start the Truck.
When testing a battery or alternator, yes you can use a multimeter, but what you need is a Load Tester. Most Parts Store and Auto Shops have them and if used properly will tell you if the system is really putting out when it is needed not just idling.
These Load Testers, do just that, put a load on the electrical system and will see if there is a 12 volt output or if the system will collapse under pressure and fail leaving you without starting power.
I was having a starting problem with my Tractor, I thought I had a bad safety switch in the seat or Clutch Pedal, but it was only bad connections. After a good cleaning with Baking Soda and Water, putting it all back together it worked fantastic !
Make sure to get your vehicle's electrical system Load Tested and clean things up, before buying new parts that you may not need.
Last edited on Fri Aug 10th, 2018 12:57 pm by Scrambler82
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK; now Mike's Welding and Fabrication.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !