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Cold battery wont put out enough to start

Had this issue before with a loose connection. Connections fixed and before it was really cold at night like now when the truck would sit over night it would not start in the morning but after I tried enough times cranking it would finally start and work through out the day even after sitting for only a couple of hours.

Any ideas on this starting issue and how to keep the battery warm. If I'm wrong anywhere do tell

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I would plug it in for a few hours before if it is cold there under freezing

Also may want to get your batteries load tested they may be on the way out

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Plug what in?

Its a brand new battery well about 6 weeks old but not 6 weeks of constant use

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Unless your talking about a charger the only thing I have on this truck to plug in is the block heater and I've never used it the entire time I've owned this truck never had a problem starting it before.

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Its possible you could have a parasitic draw somewhere on the vehicle. Testing with a multimeter should tell if you have any current leaving the battery when the key is off. I don't own a diesel pick-up,but knowing what i know about diesels, winter,and batteries,i would definetly install a reserve battery if i owned one. I feel your pain-had plenty of cold dark mornings(usually runnin late too) and had nothin but silence when i hit the key. sucks!

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Odd enough I dont have a parasitic draw. and luckily I work nights and have a walking distance to work but I do know that pain. Could just be my slow brain this winter but its doing well with a hot block

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probably a stupid ?,but does the new battery have enough capacity? Cold temps will reduce efficiency

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One of the things to check is the solenoid on the starter - they sell HD contacts to rebuild them. If the solenoid sticks the starter will keep running and use up the battery and starter unless you disconnect the cable or jar the plunger loose.

Checking the 'actual' battery capacity is a good idea also.

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Battery for the truck is supposed to be 1100cca or 1120cca.

The old battery for the first two years of ownership had 850cca and I never had a problem with it.

The current/new battery has 1000cca closest I could get around town and the cells are still good. Went out and bought a couple different acid testers.

Starter solenoids good and hopefully it doesnt stick anytime soon.

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