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Today for the first time ever, my truck didnt start. Luckily my friend was there to give me a jump. Up to this point, it has started right away without a single stutter. Well it only took 8 hours to be completely dead (with nothing left on). Im thinking there is something more than a dead battery causing the problem. Well i went to start it again about an hour later after a good long drive and it did the same thing, it gave a small stutter but started clicking and wouldn't consider turning over. Do yall have any idea?


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Batteries.... change both at the same time.. ..

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That was going to be my first option since its probably rhe cheapest


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I agree it's batteries as they can do just as you described out of the blue it seems. If you are worried that something else is causing it you can test to see if there is a draw in the electrical system.

Disconnect both negative terminals and put a multi meter between one of the negative and that battery.

Put the meter on amperage setting and see what is drawing. Any thing over 25-45 milli amps is too much draw.

Start pulling fuses out one at a time and see if the draw goes away. If it does the draw is on that circuit somewhere.

Put that fuse back and start disconnecting items on that circuit to find the culprit.

With newer vehicles it is harder since the computers can stay active for some period of time. It's best to wait a few minutes before proceeding. Also keep doors shut and if you need to get to the panel in the vehicle go inside and try to get comfortable with the doors shut and repeat.

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That's good advise right there and should be sticky.

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Dead battery

I had same thing happen on oem batteries in my 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee and my 2008 Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7. No warning, both were operating perfectly, then Poof! Shot Seems to be the way they fail.
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That's good advise right there and should be sticky.
While it may help out with diagnosing I am not really familiar with the electrical system on these trucks or can bus systems in general. I know that the TIPM does a ton of stuff with these that it may lead back to that when in fact it is something past it down the line. Or it is just a brain that controls stuff like relays and what not. I have no clue. I know that if I leave my headlights on with the truck off after a few minutes (maybe 10?) They are off. So in my mind that box is programed to shut down when the trucks not running especially when there is something that is left on.

Again this test helps find problem areas but these newer vehicles with can bus systems I know nothing about.

It is possible that the TIPM may cause a higher draw reading towards the upper limits hence why you should wait a bit before proceeding with the test.

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Stock batteries suck btw. Changed out both for Optima, never had a prob since

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If your getting 3+ years out of a set of batteries your doing good, these trucks have a lot of electronics running now days, lots of short trips and starts and cold weather will shorten their life also.

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Well i finally got around to switching them out (after 2 more jumps)... They started working for a while so i was thinking maybe something just went wrong but then all of a sudden they were shot again so i decided to switch them then and there. Ever since they they have run just fine and i havent had a problem


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Check the posts for corrosion.
Mine refused to start one morning, threw some jumper cables on it and it started right up. Later I notice that my negative post on the driver side battery was corroded, I cleanead it up with a wire brush and havent had any issues since then. It's been about a year now, still running on factory batteries.

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