1997 Chevy 1/2 Ton Won't Start

Tiny
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Hello All,
I have a 1997 Chevy 1/2 Ton, 4x4, 350 with roughly 145,000 miles on it. When I try to start it, it will not turn over. It acts like the battery is dead. To provide some more info when I first get in the truck and turn the key to the first position (accessory) the steady tone that you normally hear before you start sounds good nice and strong as soon as I attempt to start the truck (turn the key to full start) nothing happens and the original tone now sounds week like a dead battery. Other functions in the truck also act like the battery is weak. The auto door locks operate slower etc. To give some more background about a week ago this first started. I noticed my positive lead was heavily corroded. I thoroughly cleaned it off and the truck seemed to fire right up. I took the battery in and it tested good. The starter tested good. I think it is odd that when the key is first turned to accessory the truck seems fine the fuel pump primes and everything seems fine as soon as the key is fully engaged that’s when the issue starts. There are also some odd noises going on under the hood when this happens, some "clicking" noises. It doesn't seem to be coming from the starter. Is there a short somewhere? Is this a common problem on this year of Chevy? Any ideas or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 AT 8:30 AM

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Tiny
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What happens when you try to jump start it? Does it turn over? Check the cables that you cleaned and check the ground cables.
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 AT 10:11 AM
Tiny
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Good question. I have a battery charger with a start mode. When I use it same symptoms persist. Truck will not start and after I try and start the truck the battery acts weak. I am thinking this must be something electrical but I'm not sure what to try.
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 AT 10:50 AM
Tiny
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Start with re cleaning the battery connections, what it sound like is a bad connection, either on the negative side or the positive side of the battery. Also check the ground wire going from the battery to the engine.
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 AT 11:12 AM
Tiny
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I will go and try that right now. It looks as though there is evidence of the battery leaking from the positive terminal. When I called the place where I purchased the battery (the battery is 3.5 years old) from (same place that tested it) they said the battery was most likely good and that something was drawing more current than it should causing it to leak. Does that sound right to you? Thanks
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 AT 11:25 AM
Tiny
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Just like anything batteries go bad. I don't think that a drain on the battery would make it leak by the terminal. With it not even turning over with a jump makes it sound like a bad connection.
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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 AT 3:25 PM

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