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Old 11-11-2010, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2006 Duramax with a battery problem

I have a 2006 2500HD(see sig) approaching 95,000miles. When the truck was 1 1/2 years old the passenger side battery started to spit acid out the vent. (checked charging system and it was fine) Replaced the batteries with Optima yellow tops.
Fast forward 1 1/2 years later truck started to crank slower than normal, checked batteries and found the passenger side was gurgling out the vent and it was dead.(again charging system normal when checked)
Replaced those with regular type of batteries and again exactly 1 1/2 years later, trucks cranking slow this time its the drivers side battery and its leaking out the top.( i"ll check the charging system tomorrow, it appears normal as usual).

Is there something going on with the charging intermittently or something? I don't know??? I'm at a loss. I don't get why I burn threw batteries every 1 1/2 years on the dot.

Any ideas?????? Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No ideas, The last set were they high quality batteries?
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes there not cheap
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The only reason a battery will do what you're saying: extreme temperatures. This is a result of either over-charging, or rapid discharge. Your alternator could be acting up, putting out too many volts/amps at random times. You could have a random short somewhere. Or, you have an issue where the engine compartment of your truck is getting way hotter than it should be. Make sure all your terminals are tight, as well as the grounds from the batteries to the frame/engine.

That sucks - those Yellow tops aren't cheap! Just as a heads-up, if you want to go back to Optima, they changed their warranty policy last year to 3 years free replacement (used to be 1 year) on Red and Yellow tops.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My truck has the same issue... I cant figure it out either.
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I will second the over charging. That is what it sounds like to me and I have seen it before with GM vehicles. You could take the alternator off and have a repair shop bench test it, or simply replace it.
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I have read many many posts about this problem here. And while I cannot say for sure, IMO, the problem is heat. The passenger side battery sits close to the turbo and engine as well as very far back from any cool fresh air. I believe that it gets much warmer than the other battery leading to the problems. Charging and high temps will kill a battery in a hurry. I have a NBS and have not heard of any issues with them yet, but I would love for somebody with this problem to zap both batteries with a laser thermometer after a couple of hours of driving and share with us what the temps are.
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That's a good idea to check battery temps. I'll try that, it could b temp issue
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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battery problem

Okay, I have a 2001 hd2500 dmax I bought new. It ran factory batteries until fall of 09, then passenger side battery started spitting acid. So I took out the batteries, sandblasted the damage, sprayed in some paint. I got 2 new exides,took out the alt got it checked out. Put it all together and in the summer of 2010 passenger side battery spitting acid. Out come the batteries and got them checked where I bought them. Checked good, put them back in and drove truck to battery place (1 hr drive one way). They check out the truck, good. Drive the truck another 40 minutes(hwy)to where alt was checked, did find slightly loose ground on drivers side battery. At home took off cables cut out covering where squashed between batt and cable. Somwhere in all this I put my digital voltmeter on the wiper and ran the truck for an afternoon. If I remember correctly it spiked only once to 14.68, rest of time was around 14.3-14.5 Now this winter it comes apart again for blast and paint and keep on looking for problem. Also used lots of baking soda this summer.Truck has over250,000 mi. HMMM my 1st post
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third set

My originals lasted until 12-2010. Replaced with Excide 12-2010 those died 1-2011 now today, Click click. Battery on DS leaking and is dead per charger.
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