Battery drained, but was able to jump

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET S-10
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Battery had drained flat (?). So I jumped it from my Pontiac and it started. Shut truck off and it started so I decided to sleep with charger on battery. Woke up and it was drained flat and battery charger did not move, still at midpoint. Tried jumping it again, no joy, at first there was a click from starter, now nothing no lights or horn. Went to work and left charger on it. Might be good to say that lately there has been screeching from engine, like serpentine was slipping, but it would go away in a few minutes. This afternoon when I woke at 6:00 pm (night shift), with battery charger on it, it did not seem needle on battery charger changing at all. No lights horn and no click like it did previous at all.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 5:24 PM

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Tiny
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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test
I posted how to test your battery sounds like you could just have a bad battery.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 5:50 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, I thought I replaced this battery less than two years ago. But I will swap with my car after I get off work at 6:30 am.
Thank you
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 7:45 PM
Tiny
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You are welcome please keep us posted.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 7:47 PM
Tiny
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My post said I cannot start engine, no headlights or horn.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 7:49 PM
Tiny
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Okay you said you charged it all night and battery seemed drained after charging it all night. That is why I posted how to test the battery. That is where I would start before checking fuses etc.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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Yes I appreciate the answer, just seemed weird that it kicked over with a jump from my Pontiac. Having my wife try to start it soon as I am at work.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 9:22 PM
Tiny
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If you have a bad battery why would it be weird that you can jump start the car? I jump start cars all the time and start them with bad batteries. You have to start with first is the battery good? If you charged the battery all night with how many amps was the charger putting out?
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 9:28 PM
Tiny
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The reason I found it weird is that first it started with a jump, then I put it on a charger for four hours or so (When I woke up to go to work) and tried to jump it and no joy nothing no lights etc. Appreciate your feedback.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 9:41 PM
Tiny
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So you have a bad battery and an alternator that is not charging properly a draw on the battery etc. But we have to start somewhere before we start guessing it is this or that. So let's start with the basics by starting with checking the battery. Then move on you could have even blown fuses by jump starting it.
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Sunday, July 9th, 2017 AT 9:45 PM
Tiny
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Well I am ashamed in my battery issue.
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Monday, July 10th, 2017 AT 4:59 AM
Tiny
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Yup the bolts were not tight. Tightened them and voila no more battery issue (yet anyways).
Thanks for all the assistance and guidance.
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Monday, July 10th, 2017 AT 5:18 AM
Tiny
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You are welcome glad it was a easy fix. Thanks for using 2carpros and please tell all your friends about us.
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Monday, July 10th, 2017 AT 6:29 AM
Tiny
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I sure will pass the word on the resourcefulness and professionalism to all I know.
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Monday, July 10th, 2017 AT 6:53 AM
Tiny
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Thank you we really appreciate that.
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Monday, July 10th, 2017 AT 6:54 AM

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