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    Jr. Apprentice
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    I have no means of plugging it in because im at college in the dorms

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    Bummer... maybe someone on here will chime in with some knowledge.

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    If you have a bad glow plug or two, etc..., less power would be being drawn after initial key, when your glow plugs are being activated. The only way to see if you have too high of an amperage draw on your batteries when your key is off, "draining them down" would be to do a parasitic drain test. you need a meter or tool able to read amps with and amp clamp. hope this helps.
    Quote Originally Posted by GMTruckManiac View Post
    I have been having trouble starting my 2002 duramax with 172k miles on it. Lately its been 0-10 degrees out with even colder wind chills. Went to NAPA and O'reillys and had them test the batteries and they both said they were fine. The battery on the drivers side tested out at 720 cranking amps and the passenger side tested at 623 cranking amps. Went to start it today at 10 degrees I decided to cycle to glow plugs twice, the first time the voltage gauge read 9V and for the second cycle it read 5V and slowly dipped down to 0V and started clicking. After 3 jumps to just the driver side battery i decided to jump both batteries and it started right up after a few cranks. Once it is running for a while and then turned off it will start right back up again, it is primarily having this problem after a cold night.

    I figure that I need new batteries but I was wondering if there is something draining the battery more than it should. Could this possibly be the glow plugs going bad and drawing too much power? Bad relay? Or something else?? Thanks ahead of time!!


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