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Old 06-06-2011, 07:29 PM
125ranger 125ranger is offline
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Okay so I went paintalling with my friends and I parked in the Bethesda metro garage, then left to VA in my friends car to save gas. I came back 7 hours later to find my drivers side window busted out, my after market radio ripped right out and a few wires broken, and my GPS stolen. I got home which was an hour and a half away fine. That was yesterday, then today I went to crazy rays (junk yard) to get a new drivers side window. Which I was not let in because I'm not 18, but my Dad and older Sister went in to get it, and were successfulness in getting one because they were kicked out because of closing time. When they came back my truck would not start, the battery was completely dead. My theft light blinking (I have had a problem before when I installed my after market radio, and I had them reset it) We jumped my truck, and had the wires hooked up for about 15 minutes and charged my battery 1/4 then I turned over my truck and let it run for a few minutes, then I started driving about 20 feet and the motor started to die. The battery went completely dead. What is causing this?

I made a police report when it happend, my insurance doesn't cover theft. And theres no way of getting the person who did it. Thank God I have free towing.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:30 PM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

I am going to guess your radio power wire is grounded out or something along those lines, and its constantly pulling power from the battery.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:46 PM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

So how am I able to fix this? I don't think I can just cap off the wires.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:47 PM
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You can cap the wires. Did they unplug your radio, or just rip the wires out?
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:55 PM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

I'm surprised that happened in Bethesda. Bethesda and Grosvenor are pretty safe places to park. Next time, just use the visitor parking at my place....

A power wire being shorted to ground would pop the fuse, or catch the truck on fire if there is no fuse. I doubt thats causing the problem. I think something else is wrong and it sounds like the alternator is not providing a charge for some reason. Give you fuse box in the cab and under the hood a once over for blown fuses. And check the battery voltage with the engine off and with the engine running once you know the fuses are all good. Report back results.

Also, is the battery light by chance on and does the airbag light come on when you turn the key on?
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:56 PM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

take the battery to an autozone, if you can charge it, drive it in, they will test the battery, and alt for free.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:13 PM
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take the battery to an autozone, if you can charge it, drive it in, they will test the battery, and alt for free.
AutoZone ewwww... Go to Advance.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

They're both equally as stupid. If it isn't in their computer listed by vehicle and not on their shelf with a single word name, they don't know what you're talking about.

Either way, the battery didn't just coincidentally die. Something is wrong elsewhere besides the battery.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:33 PM
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I'm surprised that happened in Bethesda. Bethesda and Grosvenor are pretty safe places to park. Next time, just use the visitor parking at my place....

A power wire being shorted to ground would pop the fuse, or catch the truck on fire if there is no fuse. I doubt thats causing the problem. I think something else is wrong and it sounds like the alternator is not providing a charge for some reason. Give you fuse box in the cab and under the hood a once over for blown fuses. And check the battery voltage with the engine off and with the engine running once you know the fuses are all good. Report back results.

Also, is the battery light by chance on and does the airbag light come on when you turn the key on?
The battery light is on, and yes the airbag light comes on when I turn the key on.

I have to take off work this week because my truck is unreliable right now.

There are exposed wires, but the wiring harness and antenna wire is still there.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:42 PM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

Bench test the Alt. Maybe the radio isnt related and it was just a fluke that your alt was going out???
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:17 AM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

If the battery light is on with the engine running, then your alternator is not generating power. This is why you battery keeps dying, and it is probably toast at this point now too. You need to give the fuse panel under the hood a once over, and have the alternator tested an autoparts store if the fuses are all fine.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:05 AM
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Default Re: Truck broken into now doesnt run...

All my fuses are fine, I need to test my alt now.
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