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Truck pretty much has been sitting since end of November some time. Had an issue with the stock battery. Truck would not start, I would charge the battery, then it would be fine. After a few days of just sitting, it would be dead again.

Got that battery tested, turns out it was a bad battery. Bought a new one, put it in, started right up. About a week goes by without starting the truck at all, go to start it up today, nothing.

Is the ignition switch draining my battery?

If so, should I bring it to the dealer or do it myself?

Truck is an 07 with 38k miles
 

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Mike,

It's really easy to do, there are a few how to's, I posted one up with real live pictures... I would NOT have your truck flat-bedded to the dealer....

Also disconnect and reconnect your battery, it could just be a loose connection...

You can pick up an ignition switch at NAPA or any other auto parts for $30-35...

The entire process will take like 20-30 minutes, even not knowing what your doing...

Make sure you read a few of the how-to's.... If I knew you had an issue, I would have shown you how to do it on Monday....
 

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Thanks Dave. I'm not even sure that is the problem, but i can't think of anything else that would cause it.

i'll read up on some how-to's.

Is it bad to leave the truck sit with a dead battery? I don't want anything to get messed up if it's just sitting there.
 

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You really should disconnect the battery when storing for a long time, or you could buy a solar trickle charger and mount it to the outside of the enclosure, and run the charger to the battery (better than the cigarette lighter), I have one in my truck (should have shown you).... I bought the really big one (1 foot x 1 foot) for $35 from newegg.com when they were running a sale... I have a smaller one 4" x 12" in my daily commuter, since I only drive it 2 miles each way to the train station...


Actually it's on sale now for $27.99 with $9.20 shipping:

(it should come with battery and cigarette lighter adapters)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...R&cm_re=solar_charger-_-82-260-004R-_-Product

 

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If you have low-e glass, It may disrupt the performance of solar....I don't remember :dunno: But other than that, you're golden!
 

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My Uncle Put Those Solar Panel Trickle Chragers Into All Of His Vehicle, He No Longer Has Any Dead Battery Issues. But If Your Battery Keeps Dying There Is Definately A Problem. If You Know Someone With A VOM (Volt, Ohm, Meter) You Can Trace Out The Drain.
 

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There was a thread about this issue posted up months back. A lot of people are/were having trouble with their trucks not staying charged for no good reason. I think one guy ended up getting his onstar module replaced because for some reason it was pulling too much power. I could be wrong, but I want to say that maybe devus1 started the thread?
 

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I was wrong, here's one thread, there is probably a few more but I'm pretty sure I remember one guys problem being the onstar module. Not saying thats what your problem is, but you might look here and get better direction. I haven't heard of power drain issues with bad ignition switches... when they go, they just do all kinds of crazy stuff.

http://www.tbssowners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39423
 

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Ok, i charged the battery back up. Going to make sure the battery is still good.

Then i plan on leaving it out of the truck until i start driving it again.

This won't mess up anything with the truck right? Tune, efans?
 
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