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Old 07-18-2011, 01:07 PM   #16
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The battery was tested with a voltmeter and all was well. we tested it on normal idle as well as having the AC kicked on......all checked out well.

When i jumped the truck with my wifes car, i rev'ed it up a few times, let it run at idle as well...........but nothing......no turning over at all.

the clicking i heard was in fact multiple clicks, coming from the under the hood, not the dash. The clicks were quite loud also.

I will also try wacking the starter to see what happens.

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:51 PM   #17
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The battery was tested with a voltmeter and all was well. we tested it on normal idle as well as having the AC kicked on......all checked out well.

When i jumped the truck with my wifes car, i rev'ed it up a few times, let it run at idle as well...........but nothing......no turning over at all.

the clicking i heard was in fact multiple clicks, coming from the under the hood, not the dash. The clicks were quite loud also.

I will also try wacking the starter to see what happens.
- Voltmeter test isn't very good/accurate... it doesn't test if the battery can deliver decent current or not. A battery might read 12.3V or so, then you put a 5-10A load and it drops to 10.5V... You should have it load tested.

- The fast clicking sounds like a bad battery to me... I'd try to jump it again being doubly sure I had the connections good on both sides (don't forget--always connect the dead car negative side LAST and connect it to some piece of metal other than the battery itself... be sure to throw on a pair of sunglasses or something too just in case the battery decides to explode--yes it does happen). Or, you could also borrow a charger, putting 10A into it for 12-15 hours would be good... or remove the battery altogether and bring it to Autozone, I believe they will charge for free I believe (but as I said, they do the 100A charging is which does not help your battery's life). Do you have AAA or some other auto club? Call them for a jump, they'll show up with a dual battery jump pack and get you started in no time...

- Check for the date sticker on the battery... if the battery is 2007 or earlier I'd say it is fair game as needing replacement... even the most expensive 84mo warranty battery does not mean you will get 84 trouble free months, it just that that somewhere after month 36 or so they will start giving you a discount (which gets smaller with time) on buying a new battery from them...

The fact that your ignition switch may be having a fault (sounds like it is leaving the OFF circuit active, meaning you have battery light and odo on all the time) could be a large enough draw to weaken/kill the battery if it's left to sit for 24hrs or so, particularly if it's an older battery... but it wouldn't be enough to kill a healthy battery that is being charged up at least 1-2X/day by a 30+ minute drive. If this has been a problem for a month+ that means you've have an atypical current draw on your battery between uses, car batteries are not designed for that type of use so it could accelerate your demise... I had a friend who used to love to leave his CB radio on 24/7 (I have no idea why)... he said it doesn't drain the battery enough to kill it... he was right that it didn't kill it overnight, but he needed a new battery every 2 years...

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:59 PM   #18
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thanks bubbler........even if the battery is replaced, this battery light that stays on when the truck is off is still the problem.......right? If the battery was replaced or charged, it would just get me backto where I have normal power, right?

But the battery isnt causing the issue, prior to it not starting...........right?

Like I said, let me do some checking tonight and I'll see what happens.
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thanks bubbler........even if the battery is replaced, this battery light that stays on when the truck is off is still the problem.......right? If the battery was replaced or charged, it would just get me backto where I have normal power, right?

But the battery isnt causing the issue, prior to it not starting...........right?

Like I said, let me do some checking tonight and I'll see what happens.
right on both counts... it's my arm-chair internet opinion that your original problem--ignition switch malfunction causing odo and battery light to stay on after switch is turned off/lock--has caused (or accelerated) your battery issue now with the non-starting.

Solve the ignition switch issue, and potentially replace the battery (in that order preferably, though perhaps reverse it if you need the truck to drive to work! )
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I'm hoping to be able to tackle it tomorrow..............at least to solve the problem that revolves around this battery light and it staying on.......

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ok, without testing everything..........I got home and jumped my truck with the wifes car like i did this morning. the only difference was, I let it run for a good 15-20 minutes while being hooked up. Then I started the truck and wola!! it fired right up without any issues. It is running as we speak.........

now, I'm back to the battery light on the dashboard showing up when the truck is off.

I think my best bet is just to get it to the dealer and have them test it, at least the money will be put towards the repairs if I decide to go that route. If not, I at least will know what is causing it rather than the guessing
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truck has gone in to the dealer for service......after having the $90 test ran, it has come down to the odometer cluster.

Who would have thought that the smallest thing could have costed so much to fix.

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truck has gone in to the dealer for service......after having the $90 test ran, it has come down to the odometer cluster.

Who would have thought that the smallest thing could have costed so much to fix.

I recall that the instrument cluster on my '01 Jetta cost $1400 to replace (thankfully under warranty!) and it had to special ordered from Germany.

What does a Blazer cluster cost?

If it's more than $300 I'd be inclined to do one the following:
- Find a junk yard cluster (illegal or not who gives a damn since you'll probably drive this car to the scrap yard in the end)

- Find the +12V supply that is carrying the current to the odo cluster and rig a relay so that it only gets supplied power when the relay is powered up, which is only when something else is powered up (like let's say the Retained Accessory Power circuit which powers the radio and certain other items like power windows, etc). This will solve the dead battery problem and will probably not screw things up too badly
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the cluster for my Chevy S10 has to be ordered from GM....the guy gave me a price of $631 out the door. It;s a lot but I was also warned of this from a number of people prior to finding out....So I knew what I was in for.

I am at their mercy right now. I need my truck YESTERDAY, and I don't want to drain battery after battery. Sure I could keep taking the terminals off the battery when I go anywhere but as you can imagine, that is a pain in the arse!!!!

Although I am planning on driving this for a while, I am also considering trading it in for a new vehicle. But that will be a couple years away, if I can wait that long.......So I kinda don't want this to be half-ass'ed.

Since this is my only vehicle right now, I rely on it tremendously, So, I'd hate to cut corners.

I should have it back tomorrow if not Friday
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I am at their mercy right now. I need my truck YESTERDAY...
Been There. Done That. Sometimes paying for a problem to go away FAST is the way to go.

Good luck, and hopefully this resolves it... if not, make sure you tell them you want a refund!
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Iv'e thought of that already...................I will definitley do so if it does NOT fix the problem

Thanks for your help
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Hi i have only read the first page but........ i own a 1990 escort rs turbo (uk) and i see someone has said about it cant be the alternator, but it can as i had this problem and a new alternator cured it its down to alternator sucking current back when the ignition is off its not very often this happens but give it a go. hope this helps.

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