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Battery keeps going dead

- Chevrolet-S10 Pickup
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09/20/09 16:28
Brandon

Battery keeps going dead

I have a 1996 Chevy s-10 after the truck sits for about a week the battery goes dead. I have replaced the battery with the recommended size so, I have a brand new battery in it.

Just spent $500.00 on tune-up.

Anyone know what the problem could be?

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09/23/09 17:00
Jon

I have the same problem. I have a 2001 Chevy s-10 pickup with the 2.2 engine and auto trans. The battery drains when I don't run in for a couple of weeks. The first time I found this, I tried to put a charger on the battery, but it would not take a charge. Took the battery back under warranty and they gave me a new one. Same problem. Then went to another auto parts store and bought a new battery and had them test the electrical system. No problems found. Same problem happened again. They replaced tha battery and again checked the system. No problems. Then I installed a battery disconnect switch. Not I get "not ready" codes, and it won't pass inspection. Ugh!! Anyone got any ideas?
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11/04/09 16:18
Bob

I also have a 1996 Chevy S-10, 2.2 eng, manual trans. 140, 000miles. Same problem although it is intermittent. Battery goes dead sometimes charging will fix. Can last a month or a couple of weeks. Parts house suggested looking for loose grounds. This trouble started June 2009 battery replaced and alternator replaced, battery replaced August 2009 had bad cell, Now in November battery dead again after not being run for two days. From August till now no trouble. Ground wires from battery to engine block okay ground wire that splits off negative battery connection to frame also okay. Found loose bolt on Bell housing that had some wires on it but I dion't think this is the problem. Charging brought battery back. Alternator test shows that alternator okay. Suspect possible componet drawing jucie when key is off but whatever it is it doesn't do it all the time. I know that some power is being drawn possibly for the computer all the time and the clock in the radio has power all the time, but I don't think this problem is caused by those items. Will keep looking and let you know if I find anything.

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11/13/09 15:52
John

I had the sams problem with a '94 s-10, along with many other electrical problems. Check the lights in the mirrors on the sun visors. One of mine would not turn off. I completely disconnected them. This solved my dead battery problem.
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12/07/09 00:20
David

I have a 97 S10 and when I turn the headlights on it drains the battery and the truck dies. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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03/22/10 19:32
Nicole

Try taking a look at the distributor cap, ignition module, and the rotor. See if that will help your truck
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06/05/10 14:30
EDMOND MARTIN

95 S10 P/U WITH 2.2 NOT CHARGING

The small heat shield Chevy put near the starter got loose and touched the starter solenoid wires. I noticed the short right away because all power was lost.

I turned off the key and coasted to my home. I replaced the starter & alternator and now I can only get 12 volts from the new alternator and if I try to drive anywhere the battery drops off with the voltage gauge to the red and p/u dies.

I have put my know good battery from another auto in it and have been removed and scuffing up the ground areas and all fuses are good and never blew.

I've also been checking the little fuselink looking things all over under the hood and swapped the bosch relays on the firewall.

please help

The only wire damaged was the small ground that comes off the batter to the frame but only the rubber insulation melted away from it.

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06/05/10 14:32
EDMOND MARTIN

95 S10 P/U WITH 2.2 NOT CHARGING

The small heat shield Chevy put near the starter got loose and touched the starter solenoid wires. I noticed the short right away because all power was lost.

I turned off the key and coasted to my home. I replaced the starter & alternator and now I can only get 12 volts from the new alternator and if I try to drive anywhere the battery drops off with the voltage gauge to the red and p/u dies.

The voltage at the alternator while it's running is only 11.9 volts and already switched the alternator at the auto parts place still the same 11.9 to 12 volts max.

I have put my know good battery from another auto in it and have been removed and scuffing up the ground areas and all fuses are good and never blew.

I've also been checking the little fuselink looking things all over under the hood and swapped the bosch relays on the firewall.

please help

The only wire damaged was the small ground that comes off the batter to the frame but only the rubber insulation melted away from it.

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09/02/10 08:33
Richard

I had the same problem with my 95 chevy s-10 for the last two years. changed the altenator, three new batteries, etc. I finally broke down and took it to the car shop. you will never believe what they told me it was. My lottery tickets!!!! I had been keeping my lottery tickets in the visor under the vanity light flap. If you open the flap just a tiny bit it turns on the vanity light. BAD FEATURE. After about a week the battery went dead.
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12/01/10 22:45
d.page

HI! I HAVE TWO 1996 BLAZERS , AND BOTH HAVE HAD THIS ISSUE.THEY BOTH HAD THE SUN VISOR VANITY LIGHTS STAYING ON AND DRAINING THE BATTERY.I BELIEVE ITS THE PLASTIC MATERIAL OF THE LIGHT FIXTURE WARPING FROM AGE , AND THE HEATING AND COOLING OF THE SEASONS.THIS CAUES IT TO NOT DEPRESS THE LITTLE WHITE COLORED SWITCH BUTTON TO SHUT IT OFF.I REMOVED THE BULBS IN THE LIGHTS.YOU JUST PRY OUT THE LITTLE LENS COVER WITH A SMALL POCKET KNIFE , AND REMOVE THE BULB. HOPE THIS HELPS.
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01/08/11 14:19
Joyce

I am putting a new engine in my 1997 S-10 Pick-up. I need to know where the main battery wire connects. Thank You.
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04/14/12 17:42
middle of no where IL
Thank author of this post/comment"95 chevy S10 pick up"

I'm having the same problem after I replaced the motor in my S10 the battery wont charge above 12 volts I had the alternator tested and I've checked all the fuses, I did pull the dash to replace the heater core and am thinking there might be something in there causing the problem
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09/24/14 16:35
North America
Thank author of this post/comment"Dead battery"

I have a 98 Sonoma that was doing the same thing. Going dead overnight though. Come to find out it was my abs system pulling constantly from the battery. Even when the truck was off. I was also having another issue with the abs though as well. My abs was activating for no reason and not letting me push the brake pedal to actually stop. I pulled the abs fuse and voila all started working like normal again except I have no cruise control or abs. Eh big deal as long as I can stop right?
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