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Battery issues?

Discussion in 'Tech Info' started by Tukkr, Jul 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM.

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  1. Tukkr

    Tukkr TYF Newbie

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    Hello there!

    As of this morning my 2002 Tahoe suddenly refused to start on the first try. I really had to turn the ignition several times. I have made a video of it. Does anyone recognize this? I have a feeling it's the battery..

    Thanks!

     
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    Bet it is too. How old is the battery?

    That kind of happened to me one time and I was able to turn the positive cable tighter by twisting the cable itself and it fired up. Lost my radio stations and my clock and had to reset. I got home and took cables off and cleaned all surfaces and tightened down and been fine ever since.
     
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    As far as I know, the battery has never been replaced before..
     
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    Start there and clean/inspect the cable ends for corrosion and condition. May have corrosion under the plastic/rubber covering that causes the cable to swell.
     
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    Get another battery just like that one. In another 18 years you'll have to change it again, though.

    EDIT: Seriously, many batteries have a manufacturing month and year somewhere on them, if you can still read it. That might give you a clue as to how old it is. Either way, it would be best to find someplace that can load test it.
     
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