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Old 12-29-2011, 07:58 PM
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my truck is having problems starting, now that is finally getting cold, i have instaled some hella driving lights and reverse lights. i had the battery tested and could not test because only had 20% on it. they told me to see if it was pulling any from it and i tested it with it pulling 11.62 amps, i pulled off the stuff i had installed but only went down to 10.82 and that was the trailer brake controler. any help with this or if you think the battery is bad.
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How big is your pickup battery? If it is not big enough and you are drawing more amps than what it is rated you can be draining the battery fast. I would buy a new battery because the one you have is obviously shot and make sure you let the parts person know that you are drawing whatever amps you are drawing while at rest. Here is an interesting website that will tell you about car battery amp.

http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/uham/bat.html
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your alternator should be stepped up if it is less than 160Amp & your battery should be 650 to 700 Cold Cranking Amps ( CCA )

If you go to any auto parts store they can test your system, just give your battery a charge before you go

Personally i go to an Auto Electric shop & let them tell me what i need, for my preferred set up, my rotating lights really draw the juice.
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it is the factory battery, with 650 cca
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maybe you have a short somewhere, try pulling fuses to see if something is drawing too much??
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