This is a discussion on Battery dead after 5 days of setting within the RAM 1500 Diesel Electrical forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; Thanks for all the info. A lot of good ideas. I will for sure try all of these once I figure out if it's the ...
Thanks for all the info. A lot of good ideas. I will for sure try all of these once I figure out if it's the truck or battery that is the culprit. Disconnecting the ground will tell me. Once I isolate then I will take it from there. My key is also 30 feet away so It may have to be taken to the bedroom if it's that. Thanks guys!
If all else fails I still have 8 months left on the warrantee.
Yes 2.ma is negligible. The dealer did do a load check but I'm not 100% they are being up front with me as he said there was a threshold that it didn't make to constitute a warranty claim. That will be another course of action depending on the 1 week age test I'm now doing. I planned to disconnect the battery to ensure no gremlins turn on sporadically as it's parked for a week. If the battery dies after a week then its the battery not holding a charge. If the truck fires up then there is something in the truck drawing a charge. That will give me a little something to go on to get either the truck fixed or the battery fixed. I will come back with my findings. Thanks everyone for the input as I will help me with the dealer.
As stated earlier have an independent shop test your battery. My truck routinely sits for longer than 5 days and never had an issue. Either something is on or battery is weak.
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To paraphrase, He said the tester passed the battery within the limits of good and a battery replacement could not be issued from that. I'm sure it's week but apparently it's not week enough by their standards. It will get worse as winter grips our area. Now my position is, has it always been week or is something else drawing on the battery causing it to not hold a charge. Even if he gave me a new battery I must first find out if the truck is ok so it wont happen again. Disconnecting the ground for a week will tell me truck or battery.
The battery "load" testers, even the ones the dealer's use are sometimes wrong.
Reads like a need to carry one of those portable "jump starters". I have a tiny one that I keep under the back seat. Have used it to jump a quad back in the woods. Useful little bugger. It is supposed to be able to jump an on-road vehicle.
If it does jumpstart a pickup that would sure be better than waiting for a tow in any temperature.