It takes about (usually 700 cold cranking amps of battery to spin over a
if you battery is weak it will light all the lamps, run the fuel pump and
turn on everything, but when you hit it with the starter motor there just
isn't enough cold cranking amps left to spin the engine over.
Sometimes this can be indicative of a corroded set of BOLTS which on the
Chevy battery posts.
So if you undo the battery terminals (bolts) and examine them carefully with
the rubber pulled back, if you see any GREEN then this MAY be your problem.
that includes any and especially any Green/White corrosion in the BOLT
This problem may be fixed by a new battery, but not for long, Sometimes the
battery bolts may be warm if you try to crank it as the resistance of the
corrosion heats up like a big resistor.
I had my 87 Chevy do this and strand my wife, I replaced the battery and got
it home, next morning same thing, it was corroded terminals on the battery.
The other one I have seen is an alternator which is shorted on one side of
it internal diode bridge, This makes the alternator put out a half wave
rectified signal instead of a fully rectified waveform, So it charges the
battery but only at half the available alternator output. So the battery
stays sort of charged, but not enough and the battery doesn't seem to last
as long either.
so if you put a meter across the terminals of the battery when the truck is
running, the meter must read at least 13.5 volts, and if its not then you
may have a shorted diode in your alternator (there are 4 in a bridge)
See if any of this helps.
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