So over the past month or so I have been having a problem starting my truck due to dead batteries. Something is draining them while it sits and I haven't quite figured out what. I thought it might be my gauges, but then I thought the gauges don't draw enough power to drain the batteries overnight. I had to get a jump from a AAA tow driver recently and when we hooked up the truck just clicked, didn't try to turn over. He said my starter is binding up. We left his jumpers on while he went under and tapped on the starter, few minutes later, and continuous hitting on the starter, it started. Now I can't seem to keep a charge for more than a few hours of sitting.
Could I have worn out the starter from trying to start it without enough juice? Could the starter play any role in the draining of the batteries?
I also notice that when it does turn over, the starter does not disengage right away, like if I was holding the key in the start position after it was started.
Thanks for the help.