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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 1 month ago

Does this mean my truck battery is going bad?

It wouldn’t start yesterday. It was -15F and the windchill was -40. Today it’s 15 and it started. It’s a 1995 Dodge Ram 1500. It’s stored outside. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your car has cause turned to a 70 percent old a car!

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    NOT the needed or ENOUGH information  

     as in the AGE of the BATTERY 

     so that is a POSSIBILITY  one should consider

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  • 1 month ago

    It's not the make and model of your vehicle, it's the capacity and age of the battery. Make sure it is properly sized and is not older than 4 to 5 years. Over time, lead acid batteries become sulfated (internal plates get coated) and the internal resistance goes up. When you crank, the voltage then drops so low it can't deliver the required amperage necessary to operate the starter motor. The obvious answer is to scrap the old battery and buy a new one. This of course is after you have verified all the connections at each end are tight and not corroded. If corroded, remove them, bursh with baking soda & water, then re-install. Vehicles use low voltage and high currents. Therefore, all battery connections have to be clean and tight to prevent friction points and voltage drops. Use care around batteries especially tools that might cause a short. A file placed across battery terminals can turn cherry red very quickly. Also if shorted with a careless tool, internal heat due to heavy current flow can cause a battery to explode and spray sulphuric acid all over the place. The coming electric cars will eliminate the lead-acid battery originally invented by Edison. Newer materials such as lithium-ion types will become common until something better is invented. And lastly, if you are not in a position to get a new battery, you can take it out of the vehicle and keep it warm inside your house. When batteries become cold, the chemical action slows way down and can even stop at extremely low temps. You can try putting the battery on a warm air register. Take the caps off (if it has them) and make sure each cell has enough distilled water to cover the tops of the plates.

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  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Could be both especially if it diesel.  Take it to one of your auto parts stores.  They have a tester that can tell what condition the battery is in if the alternator is providing the proper charge.  If its weak an it outta warranty I'd replace it. You can charge it but its possible gonna weaken again. An next time you might not be lucky enough to be home. An if it gets -15 where you live thats something you don't want happening.   

    If the trucks diesel you might want to look into a block heater. To keep the engine warm for easier start up in the cold.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Get the battery charged and load tested. Sometimes it is just too cold. Try a block heater.

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  • 1 month ago

    Probably. Have the battery load tested.

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  • 1 month ago

    Batteries have trouble in the cold. However that said, this does not mean your battery is not on 'borrowed time'. 

    I've done the following:

    1) buy a charger, very inexpensive for the amount of help they do.  You can charge your battery on your own which is always great when the thing wont' start. 

    2)  Open it up  yes, batteries are these days 'maintenance free' but you can still carefully pull up those tops and add distilled water to fill them.  Adds life to the battery and makes it charge more fully.  (BE CAREFUL,  you're dealing with acids here.  Cover them with a cloth while opening AND closing!)

    Lastly,  You can take your battery to many places and they will check it out. Even walmart will test your battery to see if it needs to be replaced or not.  it can take an hour or more, but it can be worth it to know in advance if the battery is weak or not. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes.  The average $100 battery is warranted for 60 months which is 5 years  . Do the math 95,00,05,10,15,20  The year is 2020.  Winter cold is the hardest time on the battery.  Hop down to WalMart and buy another battery.  They basically all are the same, just with a different name.  You pay more for MORE  Cold Cranking Amps CCA,     My car(a diesel) has 1000CCA and it will last 5 years. But I have bigger balls than most pickup truck batteries.

    You want at least 750 CCA for your gas pot.  It was a prewarning.

    • Snezzy
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      This is the correct answer. We have 1992 and 1993 Cummins Dodges. New battery every few years. Don't even need to test. Just replace it with a big, honking new one.

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  • R K
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    no, it means it was too cold to start yesterday

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  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It might just be weak and when very cold, it won't start.

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