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1997 Chevy S10 ZR2 Battery killer

 
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sfe1952 sfe1952
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/04/13
03:43 PM

My 1997 Chevy S10 ZR2 cannot keep a charge in a brand new, expensive battery.  Is this a common problem among the older S10's.  What is the cause?  

Austin.Cooper Austin.Cooper
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Posted: 01/05/13
09:56 AM

I'm wondering what kind of condition your alternator is in?  If the battery is working and well connected, the alternator is probably the reason for your S10 going dead.  
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sfe1952 sfe1952
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/05/13
07:18 PM

Thanks for the reply.  I have a new (<10,000 miles) alternator in the vehicle.  I charged the battery two days ago for 24 hours and then let the vehicle sit for 18 hours and it wouldn't start.  When I put the charger back on the battery charger showed only 25% charge.  I recharged it to full again and the truck started right off.  Why would it discharge so quickly?  

sfe1952 sfe1952
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/13
Posted: 01/05/13
07:18 PM

Thanks for the reply.  I have a new (<10,000 miles) alternator in the vehicle.  I charged the battery two days ago for 24 hours and then let the vehicle sit for 18 hours and it wouldn't start.  When I put the charger back on the battery charger showed only 25% charge.  I recharged it to full again and the truck started right off.  Why would it discharge so quickly?  

Austin.Cooper Austin.Cooper
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Posted: 01/07/13
07:21 PM

Your battery is discharging fast too.  It might be a bad battery. If these problems weren't happening with your last battery, I suspect the battery might possibly be the problem.  I'd still have the alternator inspected though.  
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